Family and Friends Remember Life of Security Guard Killed in Mobile Bar Shooting

Image Courtesy: Melissa Smith

Theodore, AL (WKRG)

We’re learning more about a man killed in an early morning shooting Tuesday at a Mobile area bar. 40-year-old Jeremy Smith was part of the security at Shotgun Willie’s.  Smith died days ago.  Family and friends say good-bye to a good friend and a good man. Jeremy Smith was shot and killed at Shotgun Willie’s early Tuesday morning. Family and friends say he was trying to escort a bar patron out when that man came back and shot Jeremy Smith to death. His funeral was held today in Theodore. The victim’s wife, Melissa Smith says this is a very difficult loss and she’s not sure how to deal with it. She says her husband was killed for merely getting up, going to work and doing his job.

“His smile, his smile,” said Jeremy Smith’s wife Melissa holding back tears. “It didn’t matter what kind of day you were having or what kind of mood you were in he loved everybody and his smile would make anybody smile.”  Losing a loved one in a shooting is something no one would want to have to go through and it’s impossible to prepare.

I don’t know where to go from here, I don’t know how to do this, no one ever prepared me for the fact I have to put my husband in the ground, that he’s never going to call me he’s never going to tell me he loves me again, the kids never get to see him,” said the victim’s wife.  “I never thought in a million years he would go, I never thought he would be murdered, I never thought he would die, he was never supposed to leave me and now he’s gone and he’s never going to come back.” 

The suspect, Dewayne Wheat, was released Friday morning from Mobile Metro Jail on $75,000 bond. We reached out to the suspect for comment. Court records indicate he lives at the same address as his mother. Jacquelyn Wheat said they would have no comment.  We’ve also reached out to the Mobile County District Attorney’s Office and MPD for further comment but haven’t heard back.

Courtesy Melissa Smith. Jeremy Smith is pictured here with his wife Melissa.
Courtesy Melissa Smith
Courtesy Melissa Smith
Courtesy Melissa Smith

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