GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — Hundreds of family and friends of Bradley Coleman remembered his life at a candlelight vigil on Sunday night.
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Gwinnett County police said he was shot and killed at a QuikTrip gas station at Peachtree Corners while putting air in his tires.
Police said a car with three men inside, pulled up beside him and shot Coleman.
Coleman was a football coach at Peachtree Ridge High School and a father of a little girl. He had also recently started his own clothing line, called Pascher.
“He was my cousin, my best friend,” his cousin told Channel 2′s Larry Spruill.
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“He taught me how to be a man. He taught me how to stand up for myself and not to let nobody in this world, change who you are,” Coleman’s former player said.
A range of emotions from hurt to sadness could be felt Sunday night. Family and friends of Coleman gathered at Lillian Webb Park in Norcross to honor his life and legacy.
“Since he was 6 years old, right here on this field, where you guys are standing, this is where we played football,” Coleman’s former coach said.
“I just really want to be able to tell him how much he meant to me,” said Coleman’s business partner.
His family and friends said he was loved.
“Brad was that kid who had big smiles on his face always a smile. The young man that he grew into, I mean this is just a tragedy,” said Bernina Jones.
Coleman’s family and friends said that although he may be gone, his spirit lives on.
Meanwhile, his family wants justice.
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“The people who did this to him, we pray to God, and we believe the God that we serve, that they will be brought to justice and that they will pay,” Venetia Coleman said about her son. “They will pay because he wasn’t any kind of man, he was a man of integrity, he was somebody’s father, and you just didn’t take anybody you took God’s man.”
Police are going through surveillance footage from the gas station.
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