The victim in Wednesday’s shooting at Eagles Landing Subdivision is described as a fiercely loyal teen who "loved those around him with all he had," and gave up his life while standing up for a friend.
The victim, Clyde A. Weeks, 19, was killed after a fight outside a home on Jubail Drive, according to Hinesville Police.
His funeral will be Wednesday in Ludowici, according to his obituary.
He leaves behind parents, grandparents, brothers, a young daughter and an unborn child.
Hinesville police have charged Philemon Jackson, 21, with murder for the shooting, which occurred shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday.
According to a report from Hinesville Police Department Officer Stephen Menges, he found Weeks on the ground with a gunshot wound to the abdomen after Menges responded to a report of shots fired in the 1200 block of Jubail Drive.
He had no pulse when Menges got to him. A friend tried to do first aid, Menges reported, and emergency medical personnel with Liberty Regional EMS also tried to revive him before taking him to Liberty Regional Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.
Weeks was shot more than once, according to HPD Chief of Detectives Chris Reid.
Jackson is in Liberty County Jail. His bond was denied.
Menges’ report said Weeks and the friend had just left the Jubail Street home when a blue Dodge, allegedly driven by Jackson, pulled up across the street and he and Weeks’ exchanged words.
At some point during the argument, in which it was claimed Jackson robbed the friend earlier, Jackson allegedly put a gun to the friend’s head and Weeks told him to put the gun down and settle the dispute like men.
They fought, then the friend told Menges as he and Weeks began to run he heard four shots, turned around and saw Weeks on the ground.
Week’s obituary said he had was an artist whose "desire to learn and understand things was so intense at times it was an affliction." "Clyde strived to give and receive love, yet to the depths of his struggles he had an empathy that drew him into the lives of others."
"As we mourn the loss of this amazing person, we can take comfort in choosing to love, forgive, pray for our enemies and abide in our Lord and Savior …" the obituary continues, quoting John chapter 15 verse 13, "Greater love has no one than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
In addition to murder, Jackson is charged with three counts of aggravated assault and possession of a weapon during commission of a felony.