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Community hosts vigil for Cordele murder victim

Tellis Fort (Source: WALB) Tellis Fort (Source: WALB)
Lynor Fort speaks about her brother (Source: WALB) Lynor Fort speaks about her brother (Source: WALB)
Sister Lynor Fort (L) and mother Rosa Fort Mays (R) (Source: WALB) Sister Lynor Fort (L) and mother Rosa Fort Mays (R) (Source: WALB)
CORDELE, GA (WALB) -

Members of the community remembered Tellis Fort in an emotional vigil in his honor. Fort was shot to death at his home nearly one year ago to the day.

Fort's sister said she hosted this event to celebrate Tellis's life and to raise awareness of violent crimes.

Police said Fort was killed in a burglary attempt shortly after he got home from working out in May of 2015. A large crowd showed up Saturday for food and drinks and a candlelight vigil.

"We need to find a way to take back our streets,” said Fort’s mother, Rosa Fort Mays.

Keontay Miller was convicted of Fort's murder in a trial earlier this year and was sentenced to life in prison without parole. His accomplice, Conardo Dennard, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole.

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