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Son seeks answers in father's death

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Tawain Kelly, son. Tawain Kelly, son.
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The autopsy is done, but it will be weeks before we know how 67-year-old Willie Kelly died. 

All Savannah-Chatham Metro police will say is that Kelly was found unresponsive inside a home in the 4000 block of Skidaway Road more than a week ago. 

WTOC has obtained the police report from that night. In it, a Metro officer explains that he went to a home on reports of a fight going on and found Kelly dead. 

The reporting officer says Carol Brown told him Kelly hit her four times, and then as she sat on the sofa, Kelly sat on her. She pushed him off and he fell. She then reported that she sat on him and put her arm around his neck so he could not get up. 

Brown told the officer that she was afraid if Kelly got up, he would beat her again. 

"Whether or not she did something to cause his death, I don't know because I was not there," says Tawain Kelly, Willie Kelly's son. 

That's something Tawain may never find out.  

"They can celebrate their mother. Their mother is still here. He's gone. He's about to be cremated," Tawain says. 

Tawain got the call about his father's death on Jan. 31. 

"I was shocked, hurt and I wanted to know what happened." 

While Tawain admits he doesn't know exactly what happened the night his father died, he did say the couple had a rocky relationship and he even encouraged Brown to leave his father. 

"All of this could have been avoided if they would have walked away from this situation," according to Kelly's son. 

But despite that, Tawain says the reason he is speaking out now is because he wants everyone to know his father was not using Brown, like some people have claimed. 

"Kelly was no perfect soul. Ms. Brown wasn't a perfect soul," stated Tawain. 

Tawain is Willie Kelly's youngest son of 6 children. While his family now plans their final goodbyes, they grieve the loss, hoping to one day find out what really caused their father's death. 

"We loved him," said Tawain. 

Police are still looking into this case and so far no charges have been filed. 

Willie Kelly's funeral is Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Fresh Fire from Heaven Christian Church on Bull Street in Savannah.

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