FORT MITCHELL, AL (WTVM) - Many heavy hearts in the Fort Mitchell community are continuing the memory of Master Sergeant Lorenzo Freeman with a balloon release.
"It was like our family member was lost as well, so we wanted to show that we cared and that we love each other," says community member Lasaraha Bell.
He was killed at the Dollar General on Hwy. 165 and Sweetwater Branch Road in Fort Mitchell. His accused killer, Justin Davidson, was arrested at Midtown Medical Center. The family says this is something that should not have happened.
"For the Freeman family, ya'll just keep them in your prayers. Keep loving them as a community," said members of the Freeman family. "This is a weird thing to happen, it should have never happened to someone who has spent this much time in the desert to come home and to be losing their life in their own backyard."
Many came out to pay their respects to him for the life he lived for his community and his country. According to family, he was an army veteran for more than 22 years, and they want to make sure that his legacy lives on.
"His life was worth mentioning and also to keep his name ringing in the community," says Event Organizer Lakiesha Dent. "Never let that die...him as a person."