STONECREST, Ga. (NEWSnet/AP) — Hundreds of U.S. Air Force members joined Roger Fortson's family, friends and others Friday to pay respects to the senior airman, who was shot and killed May 3 at his Florida home.

People arrived well before the start of the service at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Stonecrest in suburban Atlanta.

Fortson’s face and upper body were visible in his Air Force uniform, with a U.S. flag draped over the lower half of the coffin.

“We would like to take credit for making him great, but the truth is that he was great before he came to us,” said Col. Patrick Dierig, who commands 1st Special Operations at Hurlburt Air Force Base in Florida, where Fortson was stationed.

Fortson was shot six times by a deputy responding to a call about a possible domestic violence situation at Fortson's apartment complex.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting. The deputy has been placed on administrative leave.

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