BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Shelby Howard Holmes was laid to rest on Friday at the Bethany South Church. Holmes was gunned down October 22 on Braddock Street on his way home. Police have no suspects and have not established a motive.
Those attending, including the pall bearers, were dressed in New Orleans Saints and LSU football garb. Friends say that's the way he would have wanted it.
"We pretty much decided today it wouldn't be appropriate for us to suit up - that's not what he would have wanted," said Craig Lopez. "He loved his Saints gear. He loved his Tiger gear and that's how we're going to end this thing."
The East Baton Rouge District Attorney's chief forensic investigator Chuck Smith couldn't believe he was at his friend's funeral.
"It's really unbelievable to me to think this happened," he said. "I do this every day of my life. When I found out that this had happened to Shelby, it's really been an upsetting thing for me for the past week and a half when it happened."
Smith's boss Hillar Moore, III, is sort of in the same predicament.
"You kind of handle it two different ways," says Moore. "One is personally the other professionally. Unfortunately, I was at the scene where it happened and then following him to the hospital, not knowing it was him.
"They were working on him in the hospital after he was stabilized," he continued. "We eventually found out who he was. At that point we let everybody know that he was special, he was different."
Pastor Ken Ellis conducted the funeral for Shelby's family. Trey Earle gave the Eulogy.
Police ask the community to step forward with any information that could help with the investigation. If you know anything, call Crime Stoppers at (225) 768-STOP (7867).