Charles and Annetta Ray had just returned home from church when a New Orleans man looking for cash or a ride to a bus station tried to force his way inside their home Sunday, resulting in an exchange of gunfire that ended the man’s life, authorities and witnesses said.
Cornelious Ferrande, 23, died Sunday of a single gunshot wound outside the home in the 3800 block of Wembley Avenue, Jackson County Coroner Vicki Broadus said.
“At this time, I believe it was a possible justifiable homicide,” Moss Point Police detective J.D. Savage said Monday. “We will present the findings to a grand jury for them to make the final determination.”
Several witnesses reported seeing Ferrande turned away from several homes before he wrapped a part of his shirt around one of his fingers and rang the front doorbell at the Ray’s home. Then, a witness said, Ferrande ran around the back of the house, and gunfire soon erupted.
Donald and Wanda Hamm are neighbors and longtime friends of the Ray family. They got a firsthand account of what happened from the family.
Charles Ray, they said, answered the back door when Ferrande came around asking him to call a bus for him, When Ray, a retired shipyard worker, refused the request, Donald Hamm said, Ferrande told him to get his wife to call for a ride.