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Community Mourns Loss of Salisbury University Student

Updated: Oct 15, 2009 11:42 PM EDT
The late Justin McJilton The late Justin McJilton
SALISBURY, Md.- People across Delamrva are mourning the loss of a young man who many describe as a fighter. Salisbury University student Justin McJilton died of cancer on Saturday, Oct. 10. He was 23.

Family and friends say McJilton was an active guy with bright blue eyes and a charming smile. He was a management major at SU''s Perdue School of Business. He had also served as co-chairman for the SU Relay For life and was an avid supporter and fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. He also had strong ties to the Believe In Tomorrow Foundation which supports the Children's House at the John's Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore.

McJilton enjoyed being active. He liked weightlifting and spent many hours at the gym. He also enjoyed luxury sports cars, expensive clothes, fine food and a wide variety of music. Most of all, Justin loved life, his family and his friends.

"Everyone he met probably felt close to him in some way, shape or form," said long-time friend John Hancock. "Everybody feels a loss for him. It's going to be a face in the community that everyone definitely is going miss seeing."

Born in Richmond, Va., McJilton was the son of Joseph Marvin McJilton and Carol Lynn Brechbill McJilton, both of Denton, Md.  In addition to his parents, Justin is survived by two sisters, Jaira M. McJilton of West Chester, Pa., and Kaylin M. McJilton of Denton; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends; his best friend, Ashley Heffernan; and his Irish setter, Maggie.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Denton. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at Moore Funeral Home P.A. in Denton. Interment will follow in Denton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests for friends to send memorial donations in memory of Justin to the Believe in Tomorrow Children's Foundation, 1915 McElderry St., Baltimore, MD 21205.

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