FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Family and friends of 16-year-old Marlon Davis Jr. gathered Friday night for a candlelight vigil in his honor.
Marlon was shot and killed Monday afternoon. He was in the car with his girlfriend when shots rang out, and he was hit in the back.
He died at the hospital.
Community members lit candles and left encouraging messages for Marlon's family.
"Marlon, he's like my little brother. So, I'm really going to miss him," said Nygel Simms, an urban ministry director.
Coaches, teachers, and family members remembered Marlon's life and infectious smile.
"He was a goofy person. He always made me laugh. He always made everybody laugh. He was a good person. He was a leader," said James Williams, Marlon's cousin.
Latoya Trigg, Marlon's mom, said her son, who was the oldest of four, was her world.
"I'm just hoping to make a difference in the community. Just heartbroken, torn, but still trying to remain strong to pull our community together as Marlon would have liked," Trigg said.
Trigg, and others who are mourning Marlon, are pushing the community to "Be MAD," an acronym for Make a Difference."
"Some people would give an excuse but I want the community to know that love is a bridge. If we can just simply love one another. Love is the greatest weapon," said Simms. "It's the greatest offense, the greatest defense. So, just coming together. We're really better together."
If you know anything about Marlon Davis Jr's death, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 436-STOP.