Remembering Blackley & Kirby

Memorial services were held Thursday night for the two men killed early Tuesday morning outside of a Greenville nightclub.

A viewing for Landon Blackley was held in his hometown of Oxford, while the funeral for Andrew Kirby was held in Kenly.

Tissues were in everyone's hands as tears flowed from friends, family members, and Kirby's fellow co-workers at Michelangelo's Pizza. Even though the hearts weighed heavy, the light of Andrew Kirby's true spirit came through.

Patricia Hundley said, "It's something so unexpected and so hard. And the outpouring of the love from the people here. It's just good to see people come together and care about one another."

People came from all over filling Saint Mary's Free Will Baptist Church in Kirby's hometown.

Kirby, manager at the Michelangelo's downtown -- was best known for giving a smile with a slice any night of the week. But, when the memorial service ended, people inside say it was a simple note, posted on our own WITN website, that brought every one to tears.

The pastor read a posting from an anonymous mother word-for-word, describing Kirby as a hero for pushing her son away from the bullets--saving his life. She also calls Kirby a guardian angel.

The family will hold a private service at the gravesite Friday morning where Kirby will be laid to rest.

Funeral services for Landon Blackley will be held Friday afternoon at 2:00 pm in Oxford.

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  • by Jason Location: Greenville on Nov 17, 2009 at 01:42 AM
    Teresa thank you for you comment (I'm crying just thinking of my dear friend in that light just moments before death) I just wish we could have him back, he was a great friend, mentor, and role model to me and I'll alway think of him in my everyday life so that he's never forgoten and always in our hearts.... We love you Kirby and we miss you very much
  • by Im Sure You Know Location: Oxford on Jul 11, 2009 at 09:04 PM
    Landon, Im so sorry. Growing up you think of the future, but never anticipate such events. When your a kid thinking of the future you forget how sick the world is and think more of if you and i, and our hilltop Lumber coach's pitch team is gonna go all the way. Playing foot ball me, u and nash. Hanging out over at Michael littles, Matt gore's, the lake. Mann im so sorry, words cant describe how i feel. Landon I want you to know that everyone cares deeply for you, we wont forget you. I hope where ever you are, your at peace. Landon, we miss you. You know this.
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Jul 4, 2009 at 01:06 PM
    Sorry Teresa, this is one of thousands of related tragic events that happen each year. This event is but one of many in an epidemic that needs to be defined for what it is and dealt with on those terms. If we don't confront the truth this horendous problem of young Afican American perped crime will continue unabated. It is high time to address the real issue. My heart goes out to all of the thousands of victims of this epidemic. I pray we are finally going to wake up and stop excusing one group's behavior because their feelings get hurt when you identify the true problem. How many more people have to be killed or hurt for us to even acknowledge that there is a huge problem staring us in the face.
  • by Teresa (Re-Post) Location: Wilmington, NC on Jul 4, 2009 at 10:37 AM
    MAY I SUGGEST that we ALL focus on an act of heroism in this sickening, senseless & tragic act perpetrated out of hate, violence & pure evil.That heroism comes from the actions of one CHARLES ANDREW KIRBY. I'm the Mother of a young man that is alive today because of the quick actions of Drew. I never had the privilege of knowing Drew, nor did my son, regrettably. I firmly believe that my son is alive today because of Drew. Drew threw my son to the ground while yelling for all to get down. Ensuing details aren't for publishing here. However, I believe Drew saw things unfolding & took action, putting himself in harms way. When the shots stopped, my son looked up to see the car leaving & that his now GUARDIAN ANGEL(Drew’s arm still draped around my son’s neck) had been hit. Drew lost his life that fateful night but he will forever live in my heart & that of my son. He saved my son's life and I'm eternally grateful but very sad that we've lost someone so very special. God Speed.. My Angel
  • by "K" Location: BETHEL on Jul 3, 2009 at 04:25 PM
  • by janne on Jul 3, 2009 at 10:13 AM
    i didnt know either of the victims...yet my heart goes out to the families...sad to say this has become to common place in our society...senseless acts of violence coming from all ages and races.i ve read so many negative comments regarding thegpd...believe me every town that these crimes take place said the same about there police forces...its the people with no value of life...amy god have mercy on us all.young people today can go out and hang out like we did when i grew up...dancing ,jamming..without some one shooting and fighting..its a sad commentary to our youth today..may God have mercy on us all.

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