Friend of Marine killed: 'Wish that he was still here with us'

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VERSAILLES, Ky. (WKYT) - He was shot to death during what police call a random robbery. On Tuesday evening, family and friends gathered to pay tribute to that Marine killed in Lexington.

Police say Jonathan Price, 26, and his wife were shot early Saturday morning outside Austin City Saloon. His wife, Megan Price, survived the shooting. Price's visitation was held Tuesday night in Versailles, and WKYT's Jerrika Insco was there and talked with friends of the couple.

It was a long ride from South Carolina, but one he was willing to make for a life-long friend.

"Wish that he was still here with us," said Joshua Powell, who is a friend of the victim.

During nine hours of riding alone, Powell says he was thinking of Jonathan Price the whole time.

"I wished he was right beside me," said Powell. "I kept looking beside me, and I kept looking back at the flag. And he was there with me."

Powell says they grew up together in Versailles and both eventually joined the Marines. Three days later, the pain of Price's death isn't any easier for this fellow Marine and friend.

"I was choked up pretty much the entire time. Once I hit Kentucky, it just kind of set in," said Powell. "The realization that my best friend is gone, and he's not coming back."

At Tuesday night's visitation, it was no surprise that hundreds came to pay their respects and support Price's wife. It's a tragedy that many still can't wrap their minds around.

"Her husband was taken away wrongfully is the nice way to put it," said Powell. "What do you say?"

Powell says he'll be attending services on Wednesday as well and then heading back to South Carolina but not without doing something with Price one more time.

"We never got to do that ride, so this ride was our last ride together," said Powell. "And it was the ride that we never got to take."

Lexington Police have not made any arrests for the murder.

Another visitation will be held for Jonathan Price on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Parrott and Ramsey Funeral Home in Campbellsville. The funeral will follow at 1 p.m.

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