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Wesley Franklin’s Friends React To Arrest

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Friends of Wesley Franklin are getting some closure after months of handing out flyers and hoping their friend's death wouldn't go unsolved.  Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police announced Friday that 26-year-old Brandon Mackey was arrested for Franklin's murder. The day was bittersweet for those who knew Franklin as they remembered how his life ended too soon.

"Wesley was always a do-gooder and brought the best out of everybody I've never seen everybody get so close," said Thunderbolt Firefighter Zachary Hayes.

Wesley Franklin found his calling for helping people early when he began volunteering at age 14 at the Thunderbolt Fire Department.  Zachary Hayes worked right next to Franklin for five years developing a brotherly relationship.

"He was supposed to be in my wedding last October, obviously he couldn't be there, that was rough," said Hayes.

Hayes described his good friend as the glue that kept the team together.

"His ambition you know he was always willing to do things. We sit there tired not wanting to do anything, he was the one who wanted to go out, let's go train, let's go work on something, let's go ride around and say hey to people," said Hayes.

The 21-year-old's passion for the job earned him a position as a firefighter with the Isle of Hope Fire Department.

"Wesley was just a really charismatic guy, outgoing, friendly kind of guy that comes into a room and everybody goes to him and he just brings a smile to everyone's face that's just the kind of person he was,' said Isle of Hope Fire Department Assistant Chief Marcus Wilson.

Franklin's firefighter family said it feels like they've been waiting a long time for the case to progress. 

"Catching the person is not going to bring him back but at least you know there's a little bit of closure so you can kind of put it to rest. Now he'll be able to sleep better upstairs," said Assistant Chief Wilson.

The news of an arrest couldn't have come at a better time for one of Franklin's best friends. 

"Today's my birthday so I feel like this is Wesley's present to me that they got the guy and it's like the best present he could ever give to me," said Michael Locklear.

Even though Franklin's life was cut short friends said the memories they made with him are everlasting.

"I am so glad that I got to know him as a person, as a friend, as a brother. I'll love that guy for the rest of my life. He'll always have a place in my family," said Hayes.

Hayes said the Thunderbolt Fire Department will honor Franklin again by placing a monument and tree at a local park. A date hasn't been attached yet.

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