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Family honors life of Marine killed in Thomasville

Posted at 6:06 AM, Jan 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-20 07:38:44-05

THOMASVILLE,Ga. (WTXL) — Hearts were heavy in Thomasville this weekend.

A family is mourning a marine who was killed while on leave earlier this month.

Police say Chance Jammal Kelley was shot to death on Jan. 9 they found him under the Madison Street Bridge.

Investigators still don't know who did it.

As heartbroken as Kelley's family and friends are, a message that was reiterated Saturday was to be grateful for the life the 19-year-old lived before his life was taken away just days into the new year.

Hundreds of people gathered together at the Disciples of Jesus Ministries church here in Thomasville to celebrate the life of Chance Jammal Kelley.

Tears were shed as friends, fellow Marines and family members still wonder who would do this and why.

The investigation is still ongoing police haven't said if they have any leads yet.

Kelley's uncle, Lyndon Johnson spoke at his funeral on Saturday.

Here's Johnson's final message to his nephew.

"I just wanna say one thing -- your spirit will forever live on. Not for just myself, friends or family but -- to everyone that you came into contact with. Continue to live on, my brother. Rest in power, baby."

Johnson says he knew Chance was a special person...when he chose to enlist in the Marine Corps over playing football because he wanted to help lead and protect others.