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Organizers of Whatley Day were upset that the event on Saturday, Oct. 8 was linked to a shooting that happened at a party held the night before at the same venue in Whatley.
Deontae McGrew of Choctaw County was shot mulitple times and severely injured. The shooting occurred around 1 a.m. and the Whatley Day event was held throughout the day Saturday.
The location of both is adjacent to the old Garrick Store on Highway 84 in Whatley.
Law enforcement officers had said the Whatley events were held in conjunction with the CCHS homecoming which was Friday, Oct. 7.
Whatley Day organizers and participants said the day was a fun-filled event with no problems and unrelated to the shooting.
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