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Friends remember father accidentally shot by 4-year-old

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We're learning more about a valley man with a promising future whose life was cut tragically short on Friday.

Justin Thomas was accidentally shot to death by his 4-year-old son.

Thomas served as a Green Beret in the U.S. Army in Iraq and came home unharmed.

But it was at the home where he used to live that his life ended tragically.

Thomas brought his 4-year-old son to visit his old roommate.

Police say the roommate didn't expect the visit and left a loaded gun out.

Within moments, the 4-year-old found the handgun, picked it up and police say he accidentally shot his father in the chest.

The 35-year-old died later at the hospital.

Prescott valley friends gathered to remember Thomas.

"It's just a tragic accident," said Christopher Snodgrass, who went to flight school with Thomas.

He remembers a fun loving positive man, a great father and good friend.

"He always tried to look for the good in people, brought out some of the best time. He was very much into country singing, just a very down-to-earth, great friend," said Snodgrass.

Thomas was working toward becoming a commercial pilot and enjoyed the freedom of the skies.

"JT was very ambitious about it, was very dedicated towards it and definitely a lifestyle he was trying to build for his family," said Snodgrass.

Friends say Thomas just had his second child and recently found faith and got baptized.

"Pretty much about a year and half ago [he] started building a relationship with God, [definitely] started building more toward his faith, mentored me and given me direction, just a very open individual ,very free spirited," said Snodgrass.

Thomas leaves behind two children, and for his friends and family, endless memories.

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