Tim Donley, the only victim in last Tuesday's mass shooting who was killed, was laid to rest today. It was military honors today for him, a Private First Class in the army. Before they laid him to rest, his loved ones remembered the young man whose strong sense of duty helped him thrive in life.
A memorial bell rang continually as friends and family filled the chapel at Lunn's Colonial Funeral Home. The Patriot Guard Riders posted flags all around the building for the soldier who had served four years in the army on both active and reserve duty.
Inside, a brother shared memories of Tim -- how he loved super heroes, softball, and martial arts, and how he had a comic book collection.
A somber moment of silence filled the air as a military roll call was held for the Donley family. After Tim's father and two brothers -- all military men -- announced their presence, there was no response after "Private Timothy Donley" was called.
A slide show, a poem, and remarks from family members all highlighted Tim's personality. His brother says Tim always wanted to be a superhero, and he was kryptonite to them all. "We could never get mad at little Timmy," he said.
According the his family, Tim always rooted for the underdog. he was boisterous, positive, unafraid, and generous. According to pastor Travis Patterson, Tim maintained his sense of duty for God and country up until the moment he passed away.
Dozens of cars followed the procession out to Bowman Cemetery, where 'Taps' rang aloud. Loved ones remember him as one who always cared for others. His brother confirmed, "he meant the world to all who loved him."
Tim's mother didn't address the congregation, but she had someone read her wishes. She tells everyone to hug your loved ones and hold them tight; You can never do it enough.