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Holmes remembered by hundreds at funeral

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BATON ROUGE - Shelby Holmes, a man who touched the hearts of many in Baton Rouge before he was killed while walking home, was buried today at Roselawn Cemetary.

Hundreds attended the funeral to show their love and support after Holmes was gunned down last week. He's remembered for his infectious smile, passion for football and his gift of life after his death.

Holmes's kidney was also donated to a long time friend, Doug Cossman, who had waited on a transplant list for two years. The kidney was a perfect match.

"He was and is a great guy, this was the most generous and kind man. You wanted your daughter to marry a man like this, you wanted your son to grow up like this, you want to be like this," said Doug Cossman.

At the services, friends say they dressed up the way he would have wanted; in their purple and gold, and black and gold. His best friend, Trey Earle, gave the eulogy and told stories of good times at LSU and Saints games, where Holmes was always the life of the party.

Earle said he'll strive to be more like his friend every day.

"Surely we have our ups and downs, but I'm going to make sure, that I try to live happy, so that maybe I can interject my happiness on to someone else, and that's what Shelby taught me and that's how I intend to live the rest of my life," explained Earle.

Police haven't made any arrests in Holmes' murder. Anyone with information should contact Baton Rouge Police.


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