Pastor Anthony Watts, 61, was described by his close friends as a man who never met a stranger.
That characterized him as a person. He was always eager to assist. Always wondered what he could do, no matter the situation, said Karen Fairley.
In D’Lo, Mississippi, at St. Mary Missionary Baptist Church, Fairley’s father serves as an associate minister. Watts served as the congregation’s senior pastor.
She said when Watts came to the church six years ago, he became family quickly.
“He always told you he loved you and his spirit was so sincere, so kind, and so loving to just everyone he came in contact with,” said Karen Fairley.
Police claim that the Simpson County preacher stopped to assist a guy who had wrecked a stolen motorcycle when he was shot and murdered on Monday night.
Dylan Arrington, who had escaped from the Raymond Detention Center and perished on Wednesday following a home fire and gunfight with law enforcement, according to the police, was the motorcyclist.
“The action that happened, we could understand why he did it, because that was just in his nature,” Fairley said.
The church held a candlelight vigil for Watts Tuesday night.
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