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January 18
Alvin "A.J." Jones remembers Kavader McKibben as a star basketball player, skilled at every position on the court, and one of the warmest and most giving persons he's ever known. <br />
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The 21-year-old liquor store clerk who was shot and killed during a Friday night armed robbery <br />
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"He was goofy, he was playful," Wilkerson says. "It's just sad.".<br />
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More than 200 Atlantans, including Mayor-elect Kasim Reed, gathered on Monday night outside the Moreland Package liquor store where McKibben was killed to remember his life -- and urge each other to unite as a community to help end violent crime.<br />
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Men and women from across the city lit candles, sang songs, and offered words of support to the victim's family. Outside the liquor store, mourners piled teddy bears on top of teddy bears in remembrance of McKibben. Two Rough Riders jerseys -- the amateur hoops team of which McKibben was a member -- rested on top.<br />
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(Text by Thomas Wheatley)