Community Mourns a Man Lost Too Young

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STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV)-- The community is still healing after the loss of a young man.

"I'll miss him... everyone will miss him.. he was a great person," said Alexus Lewis, a friend of Neeley's.

Family and friends spent the night lighting candles, playing music, and gathering at the basketball court; a place where Neeley spent so much of his free time growing up.

"I'm going to miss him... but he's going to a better place," said Mark Neeley, Coleman's father.

As Coleman's father watched the crowds gathering around him, he says the community support means the world.

"I love him so much... and his friends love him. So you know, it was an extended family," said Mark Neeley.

A young life was stolen at the age of 22, when Coleman's life was robbed with a bullet.

Three people are now behind bars, and one is charged with first degree murder.

"Violence has to stop at some point. When you are losing your kids... too young," said Mark Neeley.

The group gathered at center court, to say their goodbyes to a friend whose passion will never burn out.


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