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Bobby Tillman: Ga. Teen Beaten at House Party Mourned by Hundreds at Funeral

Bobby Tillman Murder: Family and Friends Gather to Celebrate the Life of Georgia Teen
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COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (CBS/AP) Family and friends of Bobby Tillman, the Georgia teen who was randomly attacked and beaten to death at a house party, gathered Saturday to mourn the loss of a bright, charismatic young man.

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The victim's uncle Corey Green asked those in attendance to keep the memory of his 18-year-nephew alive by helping to end the senseless violence that claimed his life.

"If I am not a part of the solution, then I am part of the problem," Green said, as he asked the audience to recite his words. "Because I am my brother's keeper."

The 200 people who filled the pews at Siloam Church International in College Park for the two-hour funeral  remembered Tillman as a smiling, happy peacemaker who led by example.

Many wept as images of Tillman's face were flashed across a screen featuring past birthdays, Christmases, special occasions and everyday moments.

"What happened on the 7th made no sense," said the Rev. Olu Brown of Impact Church in Atlanta, referring to Bobby's death. "It still today doesn't make sense. I don't know if we will ever see a day in our lifetime when it will make sense."

Four teens are accused of Tillman's murder. Police say a fight broke out between two females and two males at the house party. One of the females apparently hit a male who refused to hit her back because she was a girl, and instead vouched to beat up the next guy who crossed his path.

Moments later Tillman walked in front of the crowd.

"He had nothing to do with anything," Maj. Tommy Wheeler of the Douglas County Sheriff's Department said of Tillman, according to CBS affiliate WGCL. "They just decided he's the one. And they killed him."

Brown urged the audience to honor the example the young man in their own lives.

"Don't you get down because Bobby died," Brown said. "Bobby's life cannot be a period in your destiny. You've got to take Bobby's 18 years and fold them into your story....In 18 years, Bobby finished the job."