Devin Kelley described as 'innocent spirit who valued friendship and loyalty'

Devin Kelley's family says he was bullied. He committed suicide and his body was found near the school he attended.

A visitation was held for a 14-year-old teen who police say died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound Friday night.

Devin Matthew Kelley lived in far east El Paso and was a freshman at Pebble Hills High School, according to his obituary.

Kelley moved to El Paso in July 2015, and attended public school there for the first time in his life, the obituary said.

Prior to that, he spent 10 years living in Germany attending a private Christian school and was home-schooled by his mother, according to Kelley’s obituary.

Kelley spend seventh and eighth grade at Puentes Middle School, where he fell in love with band and learnedhow to play a melody on his clarinet, said the obituary.

According to the obituary, the time and effort he dedicated to marching band was more than anything his loved ones had ever seen him do in his life.

“Devin was an innocent spirited person who valued friendship and loyalty to a level that most teenagers can't comprehend. He loved easily and that meant he was easily hurt in return,” said the obituary.

“We feel very privileged to be able to call Devin our son. We would rather have had him for 14 years in our life then never at all,” said the obituary.

Kelley is survived by his parents, sisters, grandparents, great-grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins.

According to a GoFundMe page, Kelley was bullied at school before he took his own life. Socorro Independent School District has confirmed to KFOX-14 that it is investigating allegations of bullying in Kelley’s case.

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