Family and Friends Remember Justin Ayers

By: Carly Hildyard Email
By: Carly Hildyard Email

PANAMA CITY-- Family and friends of a man shot and killed in his own home last week finally laid the 33-year-old father to rest Saturday morning.

Family members of Stephen Justin Ayers gathered at Northside Baptist Church on Airport Road Saturday at 10 a.m.

The burial itself was a private service just for family members.

Ayers died Tuesday evening at his home on Michigan Avenue while celebrating the birth of his three-day-old son.

A stray bullet hit him in the back of the head.

Sheriff's investigators do have a neighbor in custody and charged him with manslaughter.

"He was amazing. I had no idea until today how many people's lives he touched. It has been overwhelming,” his mother, Vicki McMichael, said.

"Justin was, as everybody says, a story teller. He told the funniest stories although it may take a couple of days to tell them,” Pastor Luther Stanford said. “He was a lover of people, very selfless, very compassionate, a very kind person."

Ayers was also well known among local musicians.

Monday morning, Tom Lewis and Shane Collins will be taking our WPAP morning show to Cahall's Deli on 23rd Street for a fundraiser to support Ayers' wife, Jessica.


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