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Family, Friends Remember Teen Shooting Victim

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. - With candles in hand and tears flowing, more than 100 relatives and friends gathered to remember 16-year-old Donald Troutman.

Troutman was gunned down in the middle of a North Las Vegas street Wednesday evening. Witnesses say the shooting was the result of a fight. Now, his family struggles to cope with this sudden and devastating loss.

"He was there for me no matter what, through thick and thin," said Troutman's sister Willesha Jackson. "I loved him so much." "He was a good person," said friend Darey Wesley. "He was always smiling and always uplifting people." "For the family, they need this. This is the beginning of the healing process," a family friend said.

"You don't think that this type of stuff would happen to a young individual," said Troutman's aunt Joycelyn Boston. "He was more than my nephew. He was a friend. He was a gentleman. He was a team player." "He was my best friend. When there was no one for me, I always had him by my side," Jackson said.

The Mohave High School freshman, whom many called D.T., was active in sports and played on the basketball and football teams. Relatives say those were the simple things in life that D.T. loved. They were taken away by someone else. "It's not right for another individual to take another individual's life," Boston said.

Family members say they want whomever is responsible to see justice. They also want anyone with information to step up and help bring them the closure they need. "Someone knows, and I wish someone would come forth and tell the truth," Boston said. "I wish they would speak up so the people who did this can be arrested," Jackson added. "They're still walking around free, because they are keeping it a secret."

Police, so far, have not made any arrests in the case, but the family is hopeful that will happen soon. A viewing for the teen will take place Wednesday, June 2. The funeral is scheduled for Thursday, June 3.