- Associated Press - Friday, December 11, 2015

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - A chancery judge has ordered the closure of a Hattiesburg nightclub amid security concerns.

Chancery Judge Johnny L. Williams signed a temporary restraining order Thursday against Club Memories, The Hattiesburg American (https://hatne.ws/1TEValN) reported.

District Attorney Patricia Burchell said in a news release she filed a petition requesting the order after repeated violent activities at the nightclub.

According to the document, there have been two murders at Club Memories within the last six months. The document goes on to say, “Burchell brought this action to protect the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the City of Hattiesburg and Forrest County.”

On Dec. 6, 36-year-old Kenneth Smith was shot in an altercation in the club’s parking lot. He later died at a hospital. In July, 17-year-old Jabarri Goudy was also shot in the parking lot and later died at a hospital.

Goudy’s mother, Montoyia McInnis, was present Thursday to watch officials lock up the building.

“It’s only a small part of justice - because shutting that club down will never bring my baby back,” she said. “But if you’re a business owner, you handle your business. It’s how you handle security.”

Four suspects were arrested in Smith’s death, while five were arrested in connection with Goudy’s death.

A future hearing will determine if and when the club will reopen.


Information from: The Hattiesburg American, https://www.hattiesburgamerican.com

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