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Vigil remembers shooting victim
Shooting victim Orlejandro Mark Smalls’ mother, Mozella F. Smalls, holds a candle Wednesday during a vigil for her son in Bradwell Park. - photo by Photo by Lewis Levine
Orlejandro Mark Smalls’ friends and relatives convened Wednesday evening in downtown Hinesville’s Bradwell Park to memorialize the Walthourville man. He was gunned down last Friday by unknown assailants during a game of cards at a house on South Main Street.
People at the candlelight vigil described Smalls as a man who loved horses and hunting. His wife of three years, Felicia Smalls, said he would have given someone the shirt off his back.
“Mark kept to himself and didn’t bother anyone,” she said as she fought back tears.  
The victim’s mother, Mozella F. Smalls, said, “Anybody who knew Mark knew him as a humble, smart, alert man, and he was not aware if he had enemies.”  
Law enforcement officers have no leads or suspects in the case, and Smalls’ family appealed to the public to come forward with information about his slaying.  
“If anybody knows anything, please, please come forward,” Mozella Smalls said to the crowd. She sat near a table lined with photos of her son. A halo of candles encircled the illuminated images.   
Walthourville Mayor Daisy Pray spoke to the mourners and comforted Mozella Smalls. “We’re here to support you,” she said. “My heart goes out to you and your family.”  
Donations were collected to help the family with burial expenses. An account in Mark Smalls’ name also has been set up at The Heritage Bank. Any funds deposited will be used to aid the victim’s family.
Smalls, a self-employed laborer, was gunned down Last Friday night in the 600 block of South Main Street while playing cards at a friend’s house. Two masked gunmen shot and killed him during what police describe as an armed robbery. On Wednesday, Hinesville Chief of Detectives Maj. Thomas Cribbs said no arrest had been made in the case.
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