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When you ask the family of Keary Hollis how he’ll be remembered, his sense of humor is the first thing that comes to mind.

 “He was just a funny guy,” Hollis’ uncle, Don Hudson remembered.  “Ole’ comedy Keary, that's what I want to remember him by.”

In 1989, Hollis lost his father when his family says he was shot and killed in Billiards Parlor in Five Points West neighborhood of Birmingham. Hudson stepped in to fill that void in Kerry’s life.

“Never no problems. No major problems. Never,” Hudson recalled.  

Later in life, Hollis told his uncle he wanted to be a police officer. He says he knew that’s what his nephew was cut out to do.

"He wanted to be in the public eye just to see how many people he could help,” Hudson said.  

Hudson, a former police officer himself, was there to pin the badge on his nephew when he graduated from the police academy in 2008.

For the last 5 ½ Hollis has served with the Birmingham police department.  But more than his job as a police officer, Hollis was most proud of his role as a father. He had just celebrated the birth of his fourth child two weeks ago.

"Very good caring father, and his kids was crazy about him,” described Hudson.

In light of his tragic death, Hollis’ family is pleading to the public, to stop this senseless violence.

"Pray more and put your guns down.”

Hollis’ family has set up a Facebook page in his honor.  All day, people have been posting tributes and offering condolences to the family.

Right now, the family says they are still working on funeral arrangements.

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