LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - The Jones County community came out on a stormy Thursday night to honor two local law enforcement heroes. One is recovering from gunshot wounds and the other died earlier this week.
A benefit gospel concert at Laurel's Life Church raised money for continued medical expenses for former Jones County officer Tony Stiles, who was shot during a hostage standoff four years ago.
It also honored Brent Beasley, the 10-year-veteran Jones County deputy who died at his home Tuesday night.
An autopsy determined he died of natural causes.
"We've had a very difficult week and as I've told the (law enforcement) team, we don't know why things happen," said Jones County sheriff Alex Hodge, who spoke during the concert. "We don't know why things happened to Tony, we don't know why things happened to Brent."
"(There are) tornado warnings out, still you show up, you show up," said an appreciative Tony Stiles, who spoke to the audience after Hodge. "God is good, I mean, God is good."
Deputy Beasley will be buried Saturday at New Hope Baptist Church near Gloster, Mississippi.