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Family of McComb murder suspect speaks out

Exzavion Reed - Source: Pike County Sheriff's Office Exzavion Reed - Source: Pike County Sheriff's Office
Cort Gatlin: Source: Family Cort Gatlin: Source: Family
MCCOMB, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The family of the third suspect arrested for the murder of 29-year-old McComb resident Cort Gatlin is speaking out.

Exzavion Reed was arrested in Louisiana Friday by a U.S. Marshal Task Force in St. Tammany Parrish.

READ MORE: Third suspect arrested in murder of McComb man, one still at large

“I hate how everything is happening and how things are going on,” said the suspect’s brother Dupree Reed. 

Many of Exzavion Reed's family members say they are shocked and sadden to hear he was arrested for the death of Gatlin.

“It is crazy." said Dupree. "People have been making their comments on Facebook saying he should be killed and they should kill us too. And there are mixed stories of what happened.”

“My condolences to the Gatlin family," said Exzavion's brother Dequeviss Reed. "Our family doesn't condone violence.”

Exzavion is the third suspect that now sits behind bars.

Anthony Dauden and Bridgett Dillon have also been charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder after Gatlin's body was found battered and bruised in a Pike County river more than a week ago.

RELATED: Missing McComb man found dead

“I just wish everything comes to a conclusion because we can't point fingers," said Reed's family friend Roderketerck Kline. "That is all we can do is pray for better.”

“Our family, ya know, we are sorry for their loss because it's never cool when a life is taken," said Dequeviss Reed. "But that life taken is going to lead to three of four more lives taken by the court system.”

READ MORE: Family of McComb murder suspects believe victim molested a child

Authorities are still on the hunt for 26-year-old Jeremey McElvin, who they believe is also connected to the case.

“I hope they catch him because he should be with the rest of them,” said Gatlin's mother Florence.

As Gatlin's mother and brother try to seek closure, they admit they miss their loved one every day and they just want justice for him.

“Nobody from our family is threatening them. I pray for them that their well being is okay," said Gatlin's brother Edward. "We are not the type of people that want something to happen anybody. This is a total loss. Nobody wins here.” 

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