HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A community hosted a peace rally and candlelight vigil on Tuesday for 20-year-old Mark Gould, who was murdered at the Pineview Apartments Thursday afternoon.
"The last thing I remember telling him was when he was getting ready to leave out the door," Gould's mother Michelle Gould said. "He said, 'I love you ma. I'll see you in the morning.' I said OK."
Gould's older brother, Burnell Gould, who is in the Marine Corps, said he will always remember his little brother as being someone who always wanted to laugh.
"He was always laughing and always smiling," Burnell said. "Just dancing. That's all he did. He just wanted to make other people laugh."
Family members said Mark leaves behind two children, both under the age of 2.
Burnell said the last time he saw his brother was last August before deployment. He said the last words he told his brother was "I'll see you later."
"My parents, they worry about me going oversees," Burnell said. "But, I feel like this is the place I got to watch my back."
Their mother calls the men who did this cowards.
"Whoever did this to my son was a real coward because no one's going to someone from the back," Michelle said.
City leaders, friends, family and several others in the community came together to not only remember Mark, but to raise awareness to the violence in the area.
"It's unnecessary," Burnell said. "There's no way that I should fear for my life more than I would in an actual situation where people have the mindset to try to kill me."
Friends and family said all they want is for people to remember Mark as being someone who was understanding, loving and gentle.
"It wasn't gang-related," Burnell said. "Everyone assumes that he was just this thug. Mark wasn't like that. Mark was always laughing, smiling and smart. All he did was want to laugh. That's all he wanted to do."
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