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Locals mourn the death of journalist killed on the job

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Death is never easy, especially when no one sees it coming.

"He was just like a big teddy bear. He never got upset or anything. He was always the one that you could just talk to and cry to and he would be there for you," said Crystal Combs, Aaron Smeltzer's sister-in-law. 

On Monday, May 28, Aaron Smeltzer was one of the two journalists that was tragically killed when a tree fell on a WYFF-TV vehicle that he was riding in. 
Aaron Smeltzer had only been living in South Carolina for the last eight years. But before that, he called the two Virginia's home, and he certainly left his mark. 

"He was a very good person. He was one of those types of people where it made him feel good to make other people feel good," said Will Combs, Aaron's brother-in-law. 

"Aaron was a big kid at heart. Every child that he came in contact with, he could relate to them somehow," said Michelle Row, a long-time friend of Aaron's. 

Aaron's death is being called a freak accident, but those who knew him best know that he died doing what he loved most. 

"If he could've picked how he would have went, doing what he loved... he would want that," Rowe said. 

But above all, Aaron's biggest passion was his faith. 

"His faith was number one. No matter what, he prayed before he got on the job, he prayed when he got home. He would come home from work and pray for the people he had done a story on," said Tiffany Buzzo, his ex-wife whom he was married to for 11 years. 

And it was that faith that made Aaron fearless of death. 

"He wasn't afraid to die because he knew that he was going to go be with Jesus and his grandmother and all those who went before him," Buzzo said. 

Aaron Smeltzer's funeral will be held this Sunday in Tazewell. 

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