Friends, families and neighbors gathered following a shooting that killed six people and injured two others in Navarro County.
Residents of Corsicana have spent much of the week trying to make sense of a spate of shootings after a man opened fire Saturday night at members of his family in two homes, about 20 miles away. one from the other, before police said he killed himself as officers approached his disabled vehicle. on a rural road.
A shooting was reported in Corsicana, about 80 km south of Dallas, and another was discovered by authorities in Frost, about 20 km west of Corsicana, police said.
Those who knew the victims and survivors showed their support in the days that followed, either donating their money or their time to help families with medical and funeral costs.
Police say Kevin Milazzo, 41, killed his stepfather, William “Bill” Mimms; his mother, Connie Mimms; his 21-year-old son, Joshua Milazzo; and Hunter Freeman, the 4-year-old son of Kevin Milazzo’s former girlfriend.
Kevin Milazzo died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said. Her 20-year-old son, Xzavier Milazzo, was injured and died on Monday evening, police said. Two other people were injured, police said.
Pattie Freeman, former girlfriend of Kevin Milazzo and mother of Hunter Freeman, was hospitalized and in critical condition Thursday afternoon. Another Corsicana gunshot victim, the Mimm’s adult daughter, was in stable condition.
Freeman has worked as an assistant medical director for numerous Corsicana health care agencies, which treat approximately 3,000 patients.
Several health care agencies joined in a fundraiser Thursday to cook, package and distribute more than 500 chicken spaghetti lunches, which organizers said sold out quickly.
“We received large orders from many schools, the sheriff’s office, the city, the courthouse and businesses who wanted to show their support,” said Kelly Callaway of New Century Hospice. “Once we sold, many callers offered to donate money to the relief fund.”
Callaway said she and Freeman were close friends and met a few days a week to share morning coffee and talk about their lives.
“She loved her baby boy so much,” she said. “We are all still in shock over this terrible loss.”
Jennifer Tatum, director of business development at Legacy Rehabilitation and Healthcare, fought back tears as she spoke about Freeman, whom she says she’s known for years.
“Pattie has a great voice and was amazing at singing karaoke,” Tatum said. “His son Hunter was his whole world. He is a good person with a big heart. She worked very hard to enroll in physician assistant school, so to see this happen to her is very insane and difficult.
Community Chapel Church pastor Lonnie Keele said Bill and Connie Mimms joined his church more than 25 years ago and are like family.
He said services are on hold and the church is accepting donations on behalf of the family.
“We can’t begin to understand the hurt the family is going through and appreciate all the prayers to carry them through the days ahead,” Keele said. “They weren’t wealthy people but they gave everything they had to those who needed it.”
Keele said that although things may look bleak now, the community will recover if they have hope and faith in God.
“The family has expressed how grateful they are that people got involved and helped so much,” said a church member who asked not to be named.
Accounts for donations have been opened at the Community National Bank and Trust in Corsicana.
A Mimms family account will benefit the surviving adult daughter, who is disabled, and the grandchildren. An account for Pattie Freeman is used to cover medical expenses and funeral expenses for her son Hunter.
A fundraising barbecue to benefit the Freemans is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 12 at the VFW station on Highway 31 in Corsicana.