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Vigil held for teen father gunned down

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

The shooting of Devail Lewis, 17, brought out a large crowd and it was a similar scene at a vigil Wednesday night remembering the teenage father.

"Everybody knew him, knew he was a good person. If he wasn't a good person there wouldn't be this many people here," says Lewis' aunt Janet Lewis.

Devail was shot outside of a community center on Western Park Drive one week ago. There are still no answers as to who shot and killed him, which the family says makes it all the more difficult to deal with this tragedy.

Devail was an ambitious and loving teen who brought everyone together, according to family.

"He was always smiling, never cussed, very respectful, he was just an angel on Earth," says family friend Sity Hogan, who says she was Devail's "second mother."

At Wednesday's vigil, people were crying out, asking that the man who did this turn himself in and he will be forgiven. There were also many prayers made to end the violence in the Westwood Park neighborhood before another person is killed too young.

Tampela Moore, the woman who organized Wednesday's vigil is collecting donations to help pay for Lewis' funeral. Family members say they are approximately $1,300 short. The funeral is scheduled for Saturday. Moore says those wanting to contribute can call her at (901) 343-0117.

An anti-violence rally is also scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m. at the shopping center on Raines and Third Avenue.

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