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Father found shot in kitchen laid to rest

Family seeks answers after 21-year-old killed

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A father shot and killed in his kitchen earlier this week will be laid to rest Saturday.

The body of Jahleel George, 21, was found Monday morning in a home on the Westside on Woodcrest Road near Cassat Avenue.

A celebration of George's life will be held at City of Hope Ministries.

George's mother, Shari George, said he was a good person.

“Jahleel was definitely an exceptional young man, and I’m not just saying that because I’m his mother,” she said. “You can ask anyone from his teachers to college professors to people that just met him. He was a great young man and didn’t deserve the travesty that happened to him.”

George was in his third year of college, and his mother said she is still trying to understand why someone would take his life.

“It is incredibly difficult,” Shari George said. “We got on the scene at 4:30, 5 o’clock-ish a.m. That’s inhumane. That's inhumane wondering is my son alive? Is he at a hospital fighting for his life when I could be by his side? And no one could tell us anything.”

News4Jax crime and safety analyst Gil Smith said that even though she's his mother, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office might not have wanted to release information out right away because of where they were in the case, which remains unsolved a week later.

“No stone will be unturned,” Shari George said. “They will figure out what happened, and this is not going to go away.”

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.