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Loved ones say goodbye at funeral to NC teen killed in hit-and-run

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WENDELL, N.C. -- It was a painful goodbye in Wendell as loved ones gathered for the funeral for 13-year-old Keith Jones, Jr. who was killed Tuesday in a hit and run while waiting for his school bus right outside his house.

Family and friends of Keith Jones packed the church to say goodbye during his funeral. (Images: WTVD-TV)

Family and friends of Keith Jones packed the church to say goodbye during his funeral. (Images: WTVD-TV)

WTVD-TV reported that the service was at Riley Hill Baptist church in Wendell, where Jones was involved with the children's Ministry.

Family and friends from Wendell Middle School packed the church, right alongside his football family.

Jones loved playing football and was the running back for the Knightdale Dragons in the Pop Warner Football program.

"His teammates were his pallbearers," said family friend Melvin McNeill.

Early Tuesday morning, the 7th grader was killed in a hit and run on Edgemont Road near Wendell right in front of his house while waiting for the school bus. The driver since charged with the hit and run is 28-year-old Efren Vences.

"I still can't believe he's gone," said Ameerah Godwin, an 8th grader who befriended Jones during their time at the Boys & Girls Club, "Keith wasn't the best but he always played like he was the best. He never gave up."

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