Family, friends remember 15-year-old shot while walking home
Family tells us Tyler Russell was walking home from playing basketball at the Portland Promise Center when he was shot near 20th and Market Wednesday night.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A 15-year-old was shot and killed after playing basketball and his best friend witnessed the whole thing. As family and friends remember Tyler Russell during a candlelight vigil Thursday night, they hope for peace through justice.
Those who knew Russell well say the world is a little less bright without him in it.
“We always knew how to make you smile, make you laugh. He always had a joke to say,” said his friend Molly Walker.
“He was just a good kid, everybody loved him, he made everybody happy,” said his best friend Trenton Kelley while trying to hold back tears.
Less than 24 hours after he was shot, his grandma and dad are still trying cope with the loss.
“I really couldn't believe it. I passed out when I heard he had died,” said his grandma, Carol Fisher.
“It doesn’t make sense,” said his dad, Glenn Russell.
Family tells us Russell was walking home from playing basketball at the Portland Promise Center when he was shot near 20th and Market Wednesday night. His best friend by his side during his final moments.
"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 said.
Balloons fly for his happy go lucky personality and candles burn as strong as his spirit. The 15-year-old's basketball coach put into words what so many people were feeling while looking back on his life.
“I'm so thankful for the time that I got to spend with that young man,” his coach said. “Even though he wasn't in my life nearly as long as I wish he would have been, he was there long enough to make a difference.”
His grandma says Russell more than impacted her life.
“He completed it,” Fisher said.
And his friends look back on the plans they made for the future with their close friend.
“We talked every single day. We made plans to go out this weekend and go to prom together, it’s awful,” said Walker.
“He's going to be remembered in many ways, more ways than I could ever grasp,” his dad said.
As a parent he is also furious no one is behind bars for his son’s death, but says he isn’t surprised young people are being killed.
"This town's went to crap. I mean every day you can't turn the news on without someone being shot, or robbed or whatever. So yea, I believed it,” Russell said.
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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