Human Remains Belong to Jmaal Keyes

The GBI made the announcement today, on the eve of a memorial scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at Destiny World Church.

DNA testing has confirmed that human remains found last week in Hawkinsville belong to Jmaal Malik Keyes, the missing college student from Austell.

"The identification of Keyes was obtained through DNA parentage testing with Keyes’ biological parents," GBI spokeswoman Sherry Lang told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The GBI made the announcement today, on the eve of a memorial scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at Destiny World Church.

Keyes, a graduate of Hiram High School in Paulding County, had been a member of Destiny World Church for the past decade.

"We are asking everyone to wear green to represent his favorite color," officials wrote on the church's Facebook page.

Keyes' family had not heard from him since April 25, a few days after his sister drove him from metro Atlanta to Middle Georgia State College in Cochran.

Human remains were found May 10 near the home of Robert Kane Rolison, the 17-year-old Middle Georgia State College student who was charged May 9 with the murder of Keyes, Lang said in a statement.

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Pam J May 17, 2013 at 07:17 PM
Oh, I'm so sorry for the family of Jmaal. I'm not even going to say it's better to have closure, because in this situation it probably isn't. Nothing can make this any better.
Meg Hunt-Williams May 18, 2013 at 03:59 AM
It was an honor and priiledge to have served Jmaal as my Alumni Class of 2012. To see him make his walk into destiny as a Hiram Hiornet was such a joy as he glowed with his smile that was always carried everywhere he went. Now Jmaal has made his final walk into the destiny of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. May the peace of God that passes all human understanding keep the minds and hearts of Jmaal's family and friends. May the power of the Holy Spirit minister to both families. Jmaal was so loved! Nana Hornet , Alumni class '66


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