Family, friends, mourn murdered Scott County man

Family, friends, mourn murdered Scott County shelter director

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By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

ELGIN (WATE) – Tuesday evening friends and family of a Scott County man gathered to mourn his death at Rugby Road United Methodist Church.

Jerry Voiles, 58, was shot and killed at the Scott County Homeless Shelter Tuesday morning. Voiles served as the director of the facility. The alleged shooter, Josiah Jones, was captured Tuesday night in Heflin, Alabama, according to authorities.

Those at the memorial say Voiles had not always led the most perfect life. But it was the way he transformed himself to serve so many people, including his alleged killer, which left such an impression on them.

"I was angry that someone took Jerry from us. They took him from the shelter," said Ella Smith, his aunt, who also ran the shelter with him.

Before Voiles dedicated his life to shelter and food pantry, even family members say he was leading a much rougher life.

"Those days there weren't hard drugs, but there were soft ones," explained Smith.

But about 10 years ago, she says something changed.

One day we were leaving church, and he said I think God is calling me to do this," Smith said.

On the same church grounds where loved ones wept and held each other as the memorial began, Smith says Voiles decided to turn over a new leaf. In fact, Smith says one of the many people he began to help was Josiah Jones.

"Jerry had him in anger management classes. Before Jerry worked at the shelter and even after he worked at the shelter he taught anger management classes," Smith said.

Investigators say it was Jones, who for reasons still unknown, fired the shot that killed Voiles. And while his life is over, many at the memorial say that to them Voiles will always be an example of how anyone is capable of change.

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