THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - 16 months after a Thomasville man was shot he dies from his wounds.
Family and friends gather in prayer to remember 33-year-old Melvin Mitchell who died Sunday night at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.
"He was my ride or die," said Marsha Cody, Mother.
"He loved everybody, he tried to help everybody," said Antoine Mitchell, Brother.
Mitchell was shot in the back of the neck near the American Legion Hall in June of last year. Lemoses Carr is accused of shooting him. Mitchell fought for his life at five hospitals and nursing homes around the state.
"He'll get sick again and then he'll get better again for two or three months, then he'll get sick again," said Cody.
"This the first time in my life that there was nothing I could do," said Melvin Mitchell, Father.
While in the hospital, Mitchell encouraged others to hold on to their faith.
"I was amazed at how well he quoted scripture and he paralleled his struggle to the struggle of Job," said Rev. Jeremy G. Rich, Pastor.
Mitchell leaves behind three daughters ages 15,13, and 11.
"Just him taking us places all the time you know just enjoying that father-daughter bond," said Gemmia Mitchell, Daughter.
Mitchell was also a well known barber in the neighborhood.
"He did a good job and after he got hurt for like maybe a year, I didn't let anyone else arch my eyebrows cause he always would," said Shonkisha Jones, Friend.
"Melvin was a great barber, he took his time when it came to little boys," said Quinshon Drew,Friend.
Investigators say Carr's aggravated assault and battery charges won't be upgraded because it was over a year between the time he was shot and when he died.
"God has a way of solving problems for people who make mistakes," said Melvin Mitchell.
Family members are now calling for an end to violence
"We don't want to keep this going on for generations," said Antoine Mitchell. "The curse has got to be broken on our people."
Melvin Mitchell's funeral will be held Saturday October 24th at First Missionary Baptist Church in Thomasville at 11: 00 a.m.