“The holidays are going to be tougher now, he was very loved around here,” said the victim’s aunt Bobbie Jo Kelley. Family and friends describe him as the guy who’d help anybody and leave smiles in his wake.
“He’s the type of person you would want at your party because you would be entertained if you could get him to stop talking,” said Bobbie Jo Kelley with a smile. It’s a sentiment echoed by other friends.
“Evan had more personality than ten men. He had a huge heart and would help anyone at anytime. He could always make me laugh,” said friend Brandon Watson via Facebook Messenger. It’s believed this young man was just trying to cross Moffett Road to get to a convenience store and family members still wonder how this short trip could have gone so horribly wrong.
“You never know when the time is going to come you just need to reach out and hug your loved ones, you never know, he was just going to the compact store, his life was gone just that quick,” said Bobbie Jo Kelley. She said Evan Brice Kelley bore a striking resemblance to his father and her brother, Royce Jackson Kelley Jr., who died in 2003.
Evan's mom said, "Evan was kind, loving, and thoughtful. He could make anyone laugh and cheer you up. He loved to fish, hunt, and being outdoors. He was a wo wonderful father and loved his fiancé and son more than life. He was there for anyone that needed him and never complained. I am devastated and so is our family, which has many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Evan has many friends in the Mobile community and played baseball all of his life."