Co-workers, family remembers struggle with security guard's death

By Nick Kenney - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Co-workers and shoppers are remembering a mall security guard who was killed on the job as his widow copes with the loss.

Monday, widow Chantrice Rainey spent another day trying to come to grips with the death of her husband, Marques Rainey.

"It's a struggle," she said. "I'm just trying to take it one day at a time."

Fresh out of high school, Marques joined the Marines and served four years. After his military service ended, he applied to be a firefighter, but never got the call.  

Rainey spent the past two years as a security guard at Southland Mall in Memphis.  Saturday afternoon, Rainey was on duty inside the mall when he was shot and killed as he tried to up a fight.

Monday, mall traffic was steady, but complete strangers said the shooting will change things.

"I be aware of my surroundings," shopper Stanley Wilson said. "I look around."

Those who work at Southland Mall were consumed with grief.

"I think I've cried all the weekend," Alester Barber said. "It hurt my heart."

Barber said she spoke to Rainey often, describing him as a nice spirit.

"He was just trying to break up this fight, and all of a sudden, as one of the other employees that works here said, 'Guy just shot him down like a dog.' He didn't deserve that," she said.

Monday, Barber and other merchants are raised money for Chantrice, who asked for nothing but a break in the case.

"I just hope that they catch who did this so we can have some closure," she said.

Police took a suspect into custody late Monday evening.

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