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Zachary Lawrence Chambless

Age 17

Roswell, Georgia

Released balloons honor his jovial soul

Because of a seizure disorder and autism, he couldn’t speak, but he shared his “joy through his smile,” his mother, Kathryn Ballard, said.

He would smile brightly at anything that could fly. Balloons, flags, birds, bugs. He got so excited by them that his mother kept a helium tank in their home so she could blow up balloons for him at a moment’s notice.  

Zachary Lawrence Chambless, 17, was accidentally shot and killed on the way to summer camp in the parking lot of a Mountain Motorsports store in Roswell, Georgia, on July 3, 2018. His city flew American flags and released 250 balloons to honor him.

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More than 200 friends

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Funny faces and pigtails no longer

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Corey Donald II

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Kelvion’te A. Trammell

Engine still running, no life left

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An interrupted trail of Facebook photos

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Delametric Djuan Fairley

Never got to make travel plans

Moltere Charles Jr.

#TGFAD — Thank God for another day

Oliver Santos

Big smile stolen on Saturday night

Darryl Lamar Johnson

A family visit. He never left.

Xavier Montrail Thomas

Candles flicker against darkness for Zay

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Always respectful, loved by his friends

Romane D. Taylor Jr.

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