Neighborhood celebrates the life of a loved one who died from a gunshot

OZARK, Ala. (WDHN) — A neighborhood in the Ozark is remembering the life of a loved one in a special way. The loved one lost his life from gunshots 10 days ago.

The rain couldn’t stop more than 50 balloons from being released at the Don Circle community in the Ozark on Saturday.

Honoring the life of Anthony Grey.

Antony Gray

“He will always be remembered as one of the purest people I have ever met,” said Friend of Gray Amber Siples.

“Ant was a friend not just to me, but to the entire Don Circle community,” said Andre Miles, Friend of Grey.

Gray was shot and killed earlier this month at the Jasmine Hill Apartment Complex in the Ozark.

Woodrow Barnes is charged with murder.

He was recently released from prison on bail, which friends and family say isn’t right.

“It just doesn’t make sense. It doesn’t,” said the mother of one of Grey’s children, Searra Allen.

“They say it was self-defense, but at the end of the day I don’t believe in my heart it was self-defense,” Grey’s cousin Lezeric Jeffries said.

Gray was a son, a father, a friend, and a man who could turn a frown.

“He was one of the nicest people you will ever meet on this earth. He would do anything for anyone,” Allen said.

“He taught me how to be a father and how to take care of your kids and how to love them,” said Marcus Miles, Friend of Grey.

Each person grabbed the string of the balloon and then the balloons rose into the Dale County sky.

Friends say his favorite words are “sweetheart” and “stay blessed.”

“I couldn’t go to my best friend’s funeral because my first cousin shot him,” Grey’s best friend Alize Martin said. “Not only did I lose one person that day, I lost two that day. The situation is ugly but at the end of the day I lost Anthony who was my best friend and I love him dearly. He has children and we will all join forces to support them and make sure we are there for them.”

The message from Grey’s family consists of words of ending the violence and justice for Anthony Grey.

Another photo by Anthony Gray

“Stop the violence,” said Darius Miles. “These guns and this bat and everybody wants to be a gangster. It doesn’t help the family.”

“We’ll bring you justice, baby,” Siples said. “I promise.”