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JACKSONVILLE (KYTX) - Beloved Jacksonville coach Stacy Hunter shot and killed in October was remembered Monday in big way by coming together for a ribbon cutting renaming the city recreation center with his name. Even in his death, the community is coming together to keep his legacy alive.

Family members said giving back to the community was just the type of person Hunter was.

Now the city of Jacksonville is giving back to him.

"If it wasn't for him, I know I'd be in jail somewhere right now, and he was a big inspiration for everybody he kept us out of trouble," said Michael Anderson. He was coached in basketball by Hunter.

Anderson along with other's called Hunter Coach, for Gerraylon Carey Hunter was more than that.

"I called him daddy he was like a father to me," said Carey.

People that gathered said Hunter's ability to connect with the youth and his desire to give back is what they'll remember most.

"Confidence on the court because I never had that until I played with him," said Marquisha Anderson.

It's those traits that has made it hard for Hunter's sister Veronica Hunter to move on knowing her brother was murdered. Hunter was shot and killed at his youth club October 20, 2012. A family friend Jimmy Mosley later turned himself in for the murder and was charged with capital murder.

"I have to admit, I haven't forgiven the guy yet," said Veronica.

Family member alike said the event that led up to Hunter's death, they are still angry and although they are excited about the recreation center being named in his honor it doesn't ease the pain.

"So this building is gonna open some doors for me as well to help out with the youth community. I'm gonna try to continue what Stacy started," said Veronica

Other players of Hunter's said the rec building is just what they need.

The family said Mosley has been in jail since the shooting. There is no date set for trial, but they expect it sometime next year.

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