CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Family and friends paid their last respects to a murdered Cape Coral man, with a memorial at his church.
Dozens gathered Saturday afternoon at Faith Presbyterian Church in Cape Coral to celebrate the life of 80-year-old James Arthur.
Those who knew and loved Arthur say they will remember him for his huge heart and "million-dollar smile."
"Even visiting Jim in the hospital. You walk in, and he would light up. He smiled. Whenever the nurse came in he'd call them by name. He was that personable," says Connie Jones, a close family friend who spoke on behalf of the Arthurs.
Jones says Arthur's wife Sally and the rest of the family are still coming to terms with their loss.
"It's not the type of closure you normally get with a normal service. The closure isn't there yet," says Jones.
Police have ruled the death a homicide and intend to charge Kern with second-degree murder. He is being transported from a jail in Chicago and is expected to be booked into the Lee County Jail within the next few days. Law enforcement is not releasing an exact date for security reasons.
"It is a never-ending fall for Sally, and his family and the friends that loved Jim," Jones says. "You don't think of anything harmful coming to someone that's so giving."
Saturday's memorial featured words of reflection from Arthur's pastor Timothy Halverson, and the playing of Arthur's favorite hymn "How Great Thou Art."
During the service, Halverson said Arthur's wife Sally still shows compassion, even amidst her grief, reportedly telling him: "I want the best for Garrett."
It's a statement that doesn't completely surprise Jones.
"He (Arthur) married a very wonderful lady that gives without question, gives to the end and never will leave your side," Jones says.