APPOMATTOX, Va. (WFXR) — Marlisa Jones was like a big sister to Scottie Humbles. Her aunt, Humbles’ mom, used to babysit her. Jones was just a few years older than Humbles, and they grew up together in a tight-knit family.
“He was just lovable,” said Jones, Humbles’ cousin.
“What you know cuz-o! I love you cuz-o! That’s what he said to my kids when he sees them,” she said. “Kids was his number one thing. He always wanted to see the best in everybody.”
She says he was the son of a minister and a reverend, the youngest of four boys, a father of six, and a runner, even calling him a track star.
Humbles’ six kids are as young as three and as old as 25. He loved his family and his second family: the community at James Crossing where he worked maintenance and where he was shot and killed on Tuesday, April 20.
They even held a vigil for him on Wednesday, April 21.
“It was awesome. They love him,” said Jones.
“One lady there, she told me, ‘I’ve been knowing him ever since I was 19.’ I think she’s 26 now, she said, ‘He told me he was very very proud of me because I have become a young lady. More responsible,'” she continued.
“But they really loved him, and like I said, this was his second family,” Jones added. “Because there were so many people pouring out. So many memories.”
She says Scottie’s wife, kids, and parents are taking it one day at a time.
“Just love your loved ones while they’re here. Love them and continue to pray for my family.”
Jones asks that the prayers don’t stop with her family.
“Keep the shooter in your prayers. Keep his family in your prayers, because they’re going through stuff just as well as we are. So keep his family in prayer, you know. I don’t hate him.”