Friends, co-workers remember slain Lynchburg teen Jordan Keyes

Heritage High School students and friends gather at the home of Jordan Keyes one day after he was gunned down on Taylor Street. (right photo: Lynchburg PD)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- Several Heritage High School students are at a loss for words after their friend, Jordan Keyes, was shot and killed Thursday night.

"We're all hurt that he's gone, but we know he's still around through spirit," said Andre Quarles, a close friend and schoolmate who said Keyes was like a brother.

"I miss him. I ain't really got too much to say. It's got me speechless," said Lachad Trent, another friend.

Friends gathered at Keyes' family's home, reflecting on his life and the impact he had on theirs.

"He helped me get me head screwed on straight. He kept me from doing crazy things," said Trent."

He was always on a mission growing up. He was always on the move, ready to go fishing, cooking up something," Quarles added.

Jordan cooked up a lot, even fried chicken at Kenney's on Fort Avenue, where he worked part time while going to Heritage High School.

"He was a good kid, I mean, he always served me food, he always seemed to be jolly," a customer recalled.

"I was lost for words, because Jordan was a good dude. He always came to work on time. You could tell he had a lot of potential," said Tamala White, his co-worker.

His dreams of studying culinary arts were cut short, all behind a senseless act.

"If I would have known yesterday would have been my last day working with him, I would have held him a little closer," White said.

"He always just wanted to make sure someone was OK, like if I came into work and I was down, he would pick me up with his jokes," said Keondra Hurt, another co-worker.

They all said he was wise beyond his 18 years.

"His memory will definitely live through all of us, his friends and family members," said Quarles.

According to Keyes' father, his son got shot right outside their home in the 1800 block of Taylor Street. Lynchburg police said when they got there they found Keyes and sent him over to Lynchburg General Hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective D.S. Dempsey at (434) 455-6161 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900.

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