“He’s a very smart man,” said Mikel Kelley, 17, standing a few feet away from where police said his father was shot to death. “He helped out anybody. That’s why this is such a shock.”
Cobb Police said Kelley, 53, was found dead in his driveway by uniform officers when they responded to an emergency call received at 10:45 p.m. Saturday on Leicester Drive in the Canterbury West subdivision off Bells Ferry Road near Kennesaw.
Family members said they don’t know any more about the case than what they’ve seen in news reports.
The family Kelley leaves behind includes six children, ranging in age from 14 to 32.
His oldest child, Shawna Kelley Welch, said her father had a “slick mouth,” always telling people how things needed to be done. But she said he was usually right.
“There was never a time that I needed something and he wasn’t there,” she said. “His way was the best way. He was our Superman.”
Milton Kelley’s nephew, Bruce Thomas, said his uncle worked as a mechanic.
“He could take anything apart and put it back together,” Thomas said.
Old gas and oil jugs still sat the foot of Kelley’s garage door in his home in the older wooded neighborhood just south of Interstate 575. The family moved to Cobb in the mid-1990s from their native New Jersey.
Mikel Kelley said his father was teaching him how to work on cars.
“All the skills that he knew, he passed on to us,” he said. “He had a lot to teach me still. I just don’t get to find out now.”
Family members say they don’t know why Milton Kelley was shot.
“I don’t understand,” Mikel Kelley said.
Police said Sunday they are investigating the shooting as a homicide, but declined to release any more information, saying it is an ongoing investigation. On Tuesday, they said they did not have any new information to release.
Kelley’s death marks the fifth homicide in unincorporated Cobb County in 2012, police said.