Celebration of life service held for disabled man

Police: Kevin Wilkes dies at hospital after housemate found sitting on him

Photos of Kevin Wilkes provided by his family
Photos of Kevin Wilkes provided by his family

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A celebration of life service was held Thursday for a man who died last week after police said his housemate was found sitting on him in a group home.

Family and friends gathered at the Pine Castle Center in Jacksonville to remember Kevin Wilkes, 32.

There was a memorial made of photos of Wilkes, and loved ones shared their memories of him.

"The only thing he knew was love, kisses and hugs. He loved to love and always opened his arms for me," said Juanita Forman-Lee, Wilkes' grandmother.

People who attended the service Thursday said they want to make sure Wilkes' story is heard.

Freddie Lee Williams, 51, is charged with aggravated abuse of a disabled adult in the death of Wilkes, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said. 

Williams was arrested by police after caregiver, Shadale Martin, went to work and found the 300-pound Williams sitting in Wilkes' lap, police said. 

Wilkes wasn't breathing and was unresponsive when Martin found him, police said. He was rushed to St. Vincent's Riverside Hospital, where he died, a police report said. 

Wilkes had lived at R&R Loving Hands, an agency for people with disabilities, for less than a year.