Sister of Louisville teenager killed at party: ‘It was just wrong place, wrong time’
Described as "the life of the party," Nate McNealy was a 18 years old.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Described as a prankster and an entertainer, Nate McNealy was 18 years old.
The people closest to the teenager knew him as Ben-Ben or Benji.
An avid Wildcats fan, McNealy dreamed of attending the University of Kentucky to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering.
According to Lexington Police, McNealy was at a party on Saturday morning about a mile from the university’s campus when a fight broke out and the teenager was shot several times.
“[Our mother] said your brother has been shot and he’s in critical condition and he’s in Lexington,” described McNealy’s sister, Shaila Russell. “By the time I got there, he didn’t make it.”
Several witnesses reported that McNealy did not appear to be the intended target.
“He didn’t have an altercation with anybody. He didn’t have any arguments with anybody. It was just wrong place, wrong time,” said Russell. “He will never grow into the man that I knew he would be able to be.”
Russell says her brother will always be remembered for making people smile.
“He’s wiped so many tears from my eyes. I never thought in a million years, I’d have to wipe my tears from my own eyes because I have to bury my brother,” said Russell.
A fundraiser and vigil will be held in honor of McNealy at Berrytown Park in Louisville on Monday, Oct. 2.
The fundraiser will begin at 5 p.m. with the vigil following at 6:30 p.m.
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