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One year after murder, boxing club remembers young man

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Kyle Royal used to spend time down at the Augusta Boxing Club, after the 16 year old's father took him looking for an escape from the negative influences on his young life.

"He was a young man trying to find his way, trying to fit into something," remembers Augusta Boxing Club Director Ray Whitfield. "He started to become a bright young man, focusing on the gym."

But one year ago Wednesday, Royal was in a car leaving teen night club Magic City on Mike Padgett Hwy when shots were fired in the parking lot.

One bullet struck Royal in the head, killing him.

All this came as Whitfield says he began to see positive changes in Royal's life.

"He was a young kid who worked hard," Whitfield says. "He got along with the kids in the gym, got along with everybody."

Now, exactly a year after the murder, Richmond Co. investigators are still looking for the person responsible.

"We don't have any fresh leads, but we still have it as an open investigation," says Sgt. Bill Leisey. "We haven't classified it as a cold case."

It's a painful truth for Whitfield, who looks to give young people like Royal a place to go to get away from the violence.

He says Royal's murder strengthens his resolve to push kids away from the streets and into the gym, but he'll admit, this one hurt.

"It breaks you down," he says. "A kid you worked with is no longer here. He didn't get to live his life to the fullest potential."

Now, Whitfield continues to train and hopes to help others in similar situations like Royal.

Meanwhile, investigators are asking for the public's help in coming forward with information.

"This could've been anyone's child at the club that night," says Leisey. "The only way to protect them is to make sure this doesn't happen again is getting this person off the streets."

If you have any information in the murder of Kyle Royal, call the Richmond Co. Sheriff's Office at (706) 821-1080.

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