Americus neighborhood remembers man killed in shooting

Americus neighborhood remembers man killed in shooting
Make-shift memorial for Lynwood Kleckley (Source: WALB)
Make-shift memorial for Lynwood Kleckley (Source: WALB)
Tahj Malik Ruff (Source: WALB)
Tahj Malik Ruff (Source: WALB)
The scene Saturday night as police investigated the shooting (Source: WALB)
The scene Saturday night as police investigated the shooting (Source: WALB)

AMERICUS, GA (WALB) - A community is mourning the loss of one of its own after a deadly shooting in Americus on Saturday.

On Thursday, some people who knew Lynwood Kleckley described him as good, lovely and quiet.

Kleckley's neighbors said he would always help someone if they needed it and he always worked hard in the community.

A make-shift memorial stood where police said bullets flew through a usually quiet neighborhood on Saturday.

Americus Police Chief Mark Scott said the shooting was domestic related. He said witnesses came forward to help bring charges against the two suspects in the case.

Tahj Malik Ruff, 20, and Winfred Floyd, 26, both face charges of murder, aggravated assault and three counts each of cruelty to children in the third degree.

Floyd was also shot. As of Wednesday night, he was in stable condition at the hospital.

A vigil for Kleckley was held Wednesday night.

The vigil began with a community walk, retracing Kleckley's last steps.

Waitsman Drive in Americus was filled with more than 50 people walking in memory of their dear friend.

"He avoided trouble and every time you saw him he had a smile on his face," said Kleckley's aunt, Barbara Fulks.

But unfortunately, Kleckley was a victim of gun violence and on Thursday night, the community was trying to stop the reoccurring issue.

"It was senseless. If you would've took a moment to just think, it wouldn't have resulted in this," said Fulks.

Family and friends then lit candles and held them to honor Kleckley as prayers were spoken.

And family members tried to face the reality that their loved one is gone.

"It's like I really can't believe it yet," said Fulks.

Kleckley left behind six children and 10-year-old Kailee Williams wanted everyone to know how great of a man her father was.

"I miss him," said Williams.

For his cousin, Katrina Fuller, she wants his death to have a special meaning and to set an example so other families don't have to go through what they are going through now.

"You have a father without a son, a sister without a brother, kids without their dad you know. Guns is not the way to resolve the violence, I just hope this changes everybody and gives them a different mindset on things. In the blink of an eye your life could be taken away from you," said Fuller.

Anyone with information is still asked to call the Americus Police Department at (229) 924-3677.

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