After hundreds of family and friends paid tribute Tuesday to the life of William R. DaVitte, his family released a statement to The Augusta Chronicle thanking the community for its continued support.
DaVitte, 55, was fatally shot during a carjacking Aug. 14 while he and wife, Jenny, were turning on the sprinkler system at Marvin United Methodist Church.
In the statement, the family said the community’s support has been of great comfort to them.
“Over the last few days, you have all shared your grief, tears, hugs and handshakes,” the statement said. “We want you to know we have felt your love for Bill.”
DaVitte, a long-time member of Marvin, worked at Resolute Forest Products (Augusta Newsprint) for 31 years. He was an avid golfer who also leaves behind two children and three grandchildren, his family said.
DaVitte’s funeral was held Tuesday at Thomas Poteet & Son chapel with the Rev. Robert Smith and the Rev. Elizabeth Ackerman officiating. Burial followed in Abilene Baptist Church Cemetery.
Daniel Nelson Robinson, 21, was arrested in Jacksonville, Fla., several hours after DaVitte was killed. Robinson remains in custody in Jacksonville, and there is no timetable on when he’ll be extradited to Columbia County.
Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said Thursday afternoon that there were no updates on the case.