Friend of teen gunned down in street: 'He started holding his chest...then he just collapsed'
The friends were walking near 20th and Market in west Louisville around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday when Trenton Kelley says Tyler Russell was shot.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – With tears streaming down his face, Trenton Kelley says he never imagined he would have to say goodbye to his best friend, Tyler Russell.
“He was like my brother,” Kelley said. “He was just a good kid. Everybody loved him and he made everybody happy.”
Kelley says he certainly never thought he would have to watch his friend die.
“He started holding his chest and he was like ‘I think I got hit. I think it was a paintball gun.’ I was like ‘don’t say that, you’re good’ and then he just collapsed,” Kelley recalled.
The friends were walking near 20th and Market in west Louisville around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday when Kelley says Russell was shot. Kelley says he didn't get a look at the shooter because he was focused on finding help.
Russell died at University Hospital. A deputy with the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office says the teenager’s death was the result of the shooting, but the deputy wouldn't say how many times Russell was shot.
Friends of the victim gathered Thursday to lean on each other for support.
“I wasn’t there but I wish I was,” said Russell’s friend, Jayron Grevious. “I just broke down in tears. I couldn’t withstand myself. Just upset that my friend was gone. I couldn’t believe it.”
Russell was a student at The Academy @ Shawnee. JCPS officials say grief counselors were at the school Thursday.
A GoFundMe page was quickly launched as Russell’s friends worked to raise money for the teen's funeral.
Friends planned a candlelight vigil for 6 p.m. Thursday at the shooting scene.
No arrests have been made.
Anyone with information on the investigation is asked to call the Louisville Police anonymous tip line at (502) 574-LMPD.
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