SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Following the funeral of Sgt. Kelvin Ansari, hundreds of people lined Victory Drive as the hearse carried Ansari’s body to its final resting place.
Many people lining the street said standing outside to say their final goodbyes was the least they could do for a man who served his country and the city of Savannah.
” He defended our country, he protected our city we live in so it’s just a matter of respect,” Terri Keldie said.
Ken Swainston added ” he got up every day put his uniform on and represented his community the best way he could, and it’s a tragedy that his life was taken.”
But people who came out to pay their final respects to the sergeant said this was also their way of showing the Ansari family, we are rallying around you.
“There’s a lot of people that love you and they’re thinking about you,” Shawn Taber said.
” He gave his life and the protection of our community and we should do the same for his family. I mean, his family deserves the same respect that he gave to the rest of us,” Kalan Robertson explained.
And everyone News 3 spoke to said they were touched by this tragedy. However, Robertson hopes it will help bring about change in the community.
” I hope that through this we can eventually rebuild ourselves as a community and start to work together more and to cease this violence that is continually perpetuated,” Robertson said.