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Family, friends say final goodbyes to Aaron Doty

SEBRING, Fla. -- Family and friends celebrated the life of 20-year-old Aaron Doty on Saturday.

An overflow crowd packed Grace Bible Church in Sebring for his funeral service.

Doty was killed a week ago at a house party.

Investigators say the two men responsible beat him to death, then took his body in the woods, doused him in gasoline, and lit him on fire.

Doty's mother, sister, and several other relatives spoke at the funeral. "Aaron has brothers and sisters that are going to love him forever and a family that will never forget him," said his mother, Brenda Doty.

They shared stories of Doty's love for his family, friends, and the outdoors.

"He loved his friends as much as he loved his family," said his cousin, Kati Summers.

The two suspects, Jonathan Rodriguez and Kenneth Felipe Jr., are being held in jail without bond.

Around 1,000 people also crowded into an open field near Sebring High School on Saturday night for a candlelight vigil. Many wore black t-shirts with Doty's picture and bracelets with his name on them.

"No matter what, we all have his back and justice will be served," said close friend Danielle Heath.

One week after his death, friends say they still struggle to understand why it happened.

"Nobody ever deserves anything like that. It doesn't matter if you are the worst person on the planet. Nothing should have amounted to that," said close friend Amber McCrady.


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