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Slain 20-year-old woman laid to rest

Family, friends honor MetroPCS worker killed during robbery

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Hundreds of family and friends of 20-year-old Shelby Farah said their final goodbyes at her funeral this morning.

"The one thing I appreciate about Shelby was the care for her sister and brother, she did her best in accomplishing what they needed to do academically in the classroom," said one of Farah's teachers Erica Wortherly.

Farahs teachers, classmates, and family members, poured into the Paxon Revival Center to say goodbye one last time, some of them still raw with emotion, directed at accused killer, 21 year old James Rhodes.

"I think he needs to get what he deserves, this shouldn't be treated fairly, that was an innocent person that he killed, said classmate Jelisa Eggleton. 

Farah's mother, Darlene Farah, said after the arrest of the man accused of killing her daughter. "I have two other children that I can focus on. I can hug them. We can sit down and focus on Shelby's funeral, visuals, banners, you know, in memory of Shelby."

Paxson Revival center pastor Steve Dobbs told the congregation, that one day they'll see Shelby in heaven. Reminding the family of all the good memories, they still have of Shelby in their hearts.

"This never should have happened to a beautiful girl that had so much going for her, she wasn't on the streets, she wasn't doing evil, she was doing what she should do, getting an education, doing a job and going to work, this is so sad," said Paxon Revival Church pastor Steve Dobbs.

Shelby's family never imagined they would have to plan her funeral so soon. They wanted to make sure it honored her in the best way possible, showing and remembering what a special person she was.

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photo of James Rhodes
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photo of James Rhodes

"She wouldn't hurt a fly. It's so sad," said Caleb Farah, Shelby's brother. It's always the good ones that go first, always the good ones that go first."

Police said 21-year-old James Rhodes (pictured, right) confessed to killing Shelby in a robbery at the MetroPCS store where she worked. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Rhodes, and Shelby's mom is hoping that's what he gets if convicted.

"I'm going to make sure, even if it takes the last breath in my body, he needs to get the death," Darlene said.

Friends and family will gather together at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Paxon Revival Center Church on the Westside to say their final goodbyes to a loved one they say is irreplaceable.

"She didn't have a bad bone in her body," Shelby's friend Anwar Mills said. "She's always smiling, she was always perky."


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