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Middleburg Murder Victim James Coody to Be Laid to Rest Friday

7:57 AM, Oct 15, 2010   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The family of one of two men shot to death Monday is planning to say a final goodbye while trying to deal with the shock of its loss.

James Allen Coody Jr. is one of two men shot to death Monday. Police have been searching for Christopher Kilgore, who they suspect of shooting his parents and fatally shooting his brother Raymond Kilgore and Coody.   

His family will have a visitation Thursday night from 6 to 8 p.m. at Giddens-Reed Funeral Home, 270 U.S. Highway 301, in Baldwin.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Clay Hill Baptist Church, 6054 County Road 218, Clay Hill. Burial will follow at Long Branch Cemetery.

The family today described the situation as "surreal" and they are concerned for their safety as long as Kilgore is free.

From their Oceanway home, Coody's family told First Coast News that Coody and Ray Kilgore were best friends. 

Coody's older brother Michael Haas said his brother was shot in the mid-section.

"The only thing we can come up with is that he was at a friend's house staying the night. He was just at the wrong place, wrong time," said Haas.

 "It's just one of those things that you can't believe that it happened, knowing he went the way that he did," said Cousin Renee Errington.

"We've all cried and pulled out pictures and laughed," added Errington.

The family show First Coast News Monica Landeros a stack of pictures showing Coody during his childhood. In several pictures, he is surrounded by his older and younger brothers. 

"He always asked me if I wanted to wrestle with him. He's a good brother to me," said 15-year old brother Matthew Dylan Coody.

The family said Coody had his share of troubles, but that he was a Christian steered in the right direction by his large family.

"He was learning from his mistakes. He was making a man out of himself," said Haas. 

However, as the family grieves, they remained concerned as the search for Kilgore entered its fourth day.

"It's a threat for everybody. (Kilgore is) armed. He's running around," said  Haas.

"I hope they get the guy," said Matthew Dylan as he sobbed. "I hope he pays for what he did."

The family thanks investigators searching for Kilgore, adding that they believe the men and women are putting themselves in danger in the manhunt.

The family has set up a fund at Publix, 101 Bell Tell Way, account number 702843033, to pay for funeral expenses.

First Coast News

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