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BATON ROUGE - Friends of an ultimate football fan say they won't stop searching for his killer.

Monday night, Shelby Holmes was gunned a few blocks from his house in Old South Baton Rouge.  He died Thursday.

The 38-year-old was a long-time football statistician who volunteered his time and knowledge of the sport to the McKinley High School football team. Friday nights, he was often found in the press box calling games.

"Never got paid a dime. All he wanted was a letterman jacket. He had an old one, he wanted a new one so we got him a new jacket," said McKinley High School Football Coach Robert Signater. "It's just hard to believe someone would take his life."

Friends described Holmes as a kind soul, who loved football.

"He would have given you the shirt off his back, literally, he would have given you the shirt off his back," said Carl Dunn. "It's sad that all this senseless killing is going on in Baton Rouge right now."

Holmes was shot multiple times around 10:30 p.m. in the 1700 block of Braddock St. Police have no motive and say it appears to be a random act of violence.

Donations to cover funeral costs are being accepted by Steve Gibson at the Baton Rouge River Center.

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