BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Two memorial funds have been set up for the beloved River Center employee who was a victim of a shooting.
38-year-old Shelby Holmes died Thursday after being shot multiple times on his way home Monday night.
"He is what we all strive to be, but we are usually not that what he was," said Natalie Peyronnin, who was friends with Holmes for 10 years. "He would send you gifts, and packages for no reason, he sent you cards to say hello, presents just because he was thinking about you."
You would see him around at most LSU games, from football to baseball. He didn't have a car so he would catch rides or walk.
The reason to why he was shot is still unknown, and that makes it hurt even worse for his friends, who are devastated and left with only recollections of him.
"The fondest memory, I guess, is we all gathered together at the LSU national championship in 2003 and after the clock ticked down we both looked at each other with tears in our eyes," said Carl Dunn who was Holmes' friend for nearly 20 years.
Friendships can end prematurely and tragically, there are things that can help keep them alive.
"We are going to keep his memory together. We are going to find whoever did this. We are going to get justice for him and he is going to know how many people cared for him and how many people loved him," said Dunn.
Holmes was shot multiple times while walking home Monday night in the 1700 block of Braddock Street.
The shooting happened around 10:30 p.m.
Cash or check donations may be made at any Regions Bank in Baton Rouge. For credit or debit card donations, you can go online to www.youcaring.com/ShlebyHolmes . All funds raised will be donated to Holmes' mother, Dorothy Chissell, to aid with expenses. Funeral arrangements are still pending.
If you have information, call Crime Stoppers at 344-STOP.