The family of a Macon soldier found dead late Sunday in Hinesville is searching for answers.

"Anything he wanted to do, any goal he had, he would reach it," Shakeera Simmons said. "And you knew he was going to do it to the best of his ability."

Marquez Brown (family photo)

Shakeera Simmons describes her cousin, Marquez Brown, as driven.

"When he came it was nothing but hugs and kisses," Simmons said.

She says the army man and Southwest High graduate loved his family.

"His smile... that was the best thing about him, his smile," Simmons said. "He could fill a room, he could fill your heart just by that smile."

A smile that is now only a memory for Brown's family.

Hinesville.Police found the 23-year-old and fellow soldier 21-year-old Malika Jackson, dead in a townhouse Sunday night. They were both on active duty at Fort Stewart.

Photo courtesy of Coastal News Service.

Captain Chris Reid with Hinesville Police says the two soldiers were shot to death by a third person.

Now Brown's family is looking for reasons.

"Right now it's just confusion as to why," Simmons said.

"Why did they kill him? He was nonviolent," Brown's grandmother, Patricia Simmons Cole said.

Brown's grandmother Patricia Simmons Cole says their family does not know Malika Jackson or why they were not on base Sunday night.

"It seems like it's just a dream," Cole said. "It's not real yet. But I'm praying and asking God to show us what happened, and I believe he'll do it."