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Family, friends remember shooting victim

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Big breaks in a couple of Savannah murders Friday, but now another killing.

The family and friends of Frederick Early, 24, took to the streets Friday night to remember the shooting victim and make a plea to the public. He was one of three people shot in broad daylight Thursday afternoon.

Two young women, one a 17-year-old girl, were also shot. They survived but the family of Frederick Early, also known as smurf, told WTOC this was something they never would have expected.

"I never would have seen his death coming this way. Never saw it coming," Melissa Early, Frederick Early's mother, told WTOC.

As candles are lit in her son's memory, Melissa Early admits it's strange to think she is now one of those parents who will be burying her son, who was so full of life.

"Wow. He kept a smile on his face. Anyone who knew him loved him," she said.  

She says Thursday afternoon was normal. She was busy with lunch-time rush at work at the Lady and Sons.

"Knee deep in flour," she said. Then the phone call came. Across town, her son and two girls had been shot.

"I left there like a bat out of hell and came here and they wouldn't let me through, they told me I had  to go to Memorial," Melissa Early said.

By the time she arrived at the hospital, her son was gone.

"The only thing they told me was he died in surgery. Police and detectives haven't talked to me," she said. "It is what is it. Life goes on."

"People are losing their children needlessly out here and it's like nobody cares," Michelle Singleton said.

Melissa Early is attempting to keep her emotions in check, but Frederick's aunt, Michelle Singleton, could not. She says these vigils shouldn't have to happen because of shooting deaths.

"I think they need to address the situation and address it real soon, whether it's stricter gun laws or something, because people are dying needlessly," she said.

While police investigate who shot and killed Frederick Early and wounded Pamphylia Baynes and Brianna Moore, those who loved him most are honoring his memory. His mother knows how she wants people to remember her son.

"Just for the kind hearted person he was and person everyone who truly knew him how he was," she said.

As for the answers she wants and a suspect brought to justice, she knows it may take time.

"I am unhappy about how this occurred but I am thankful to all the people who came out to show support for me and my family," Melissa Early said.

The family is asking anyone who has any information or saw anything to contact police. This all happened in the middle of the day, just before 1 p.m.  They think someone saw something and so do police. If that's you, call Crimestoppers at 912.234.2020.

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