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Albany--  Hundreds of people packed the First Assembly of God for the memorial for 17-year-old Beaver who was shot and killed after a chase with Lee County deputies Sunday night.

As they left the service, friends and family members demand to know what happened the night Beaver was shot.

As people waited to enter the church, the questions echo. "That's basically what I want to find out, too. Why did he do it?" asked Beaver's friend, Chuck Tubbs.

Beaver's uncle Larry Barfield is grieving. "I'm angry. I'm real angry. I think the man ought to be put in jail. In fact I'd like him to meet me somewhere in the woods, and we could handle it. Cause it's not right."

Friends of Beaver handed out a flier at the memorial service, demanding Investigators respond to "unanswered questions."

"I want answers. This is ridiculous," said friend Sherri Wallace.

Beaver was a suspect in a burglary at the Leesburg Pawn Shop. Deputies stopped his car a mile from the store, where he was shot by Captain Donnie Spillers.

"If he did something bad, I don't know what happened, so I can't put much into it," said friend Taylor Gatlin.

The flier being handed out asked people to come to another memorial for Beaver at the Pool Hall where he worked, "So this will not be swept under the rug."

"When I started passing these papers out, everyone wanted one. Because they want to get involved. They want answers," Wallace said.

The demonstration for Wesley Beaver is scheduled for noon Friday at the Break Time's Pool Hall, as answers are demanded in his death. The deputies involved in the shooting are on administrative leave during the investigation.

posted by dave.miller@walb.com

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