As police search for the remaining teen accused of beating Delbert "Shorty" Belton to death, friends and family honored the WWII Veteran during a candlelight vigil on Friday night.
At least 1,000 people attended the vigil, some of them complete strangers.
The enormous crowd filled the parking lot of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles. People of all ages from young kids to fellow veterans sang "God Bless the USA" and "Amazing Grace."
Family and friends described Belton as a kind, sweet and gentle man who would give you the shirt off his back.
"He never asked for anything in return, time, friendship, laughter, he will be greatly missed. He was just a wonderful, wonderful uncle," Janice McCallum, Belton's niece, said.
About a dozen people spoke at the vigil. Some of those that spoke didn't even know Belton but felt compelled to say something. In fact, the vigil was organized by a complete stranger.
"I am really amazed. I didn't know it would get this big, but I am so glad. It shows the support of the community. It shows we won't tolerate this," Kandis Workman, who organized the vigil, said.