Friends, family mourn Hinesville teen

By Christy Hutchings - bio | email

HINESVILLE, GA (WTOC) - On Wednesday night, friends and family of Rodtavis Platt came together for a candlelight vigil to remember his short life. Platt was shot and killed him last week outside his Hinesville home.

His mother, Theresa Platt, held on to her niece's hand, as everyone prays for her family. Platt will bury her son this weekend.

The vigil was held in the same spot Platt was killed. His cousin, Karla Barrett said that coming back to this home is too much to bear. "It's hard to stand here, to know what went down, but you just have to overlook the bad and look at everything John did because he really was a good person," said Barrett.

Platt, who sometimes went by John, was about to be a father until his life was cut short.

He was shot five times. Police have three people in custody: Sanford Jackson who is a Marine, Quinton Coleman, who is enlisted in the Army, and Marckus Snowden. All three men are charged with murder. "I just hope the ones that did it that your heart ways as heavy as ours. Not only did you take him, you took all of us," said Barrett.

Platt's mother said she has no ill feelings towards the men charged with his death. "I forgave them. I am not mad at nobody."

The community came out in support, whether it's a shoulder to lean on or a monetary donation, this family isn't alone.

"I thank God to everybody who is supporting us during this time of grievance," said Platt's aunt Eunice Platt.

"It's very hard. I never thought this would be my uncle," said Jaleka Boyd.

Platt was only 18-years-old.

Police still aren't saying why Platt was shot. Platt's family believes he was shot as payback for a fight he was a part of a few weeks ago.

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