About 300 people attended a vigil Wednesday evening in Charlottes Enderly Park neighborhood, where 13-year-old Khalil Cousart was fatally shot earlier this week.
Earlier Wednesday, several classmates, relatives and friends spread plans of the vigil through Twitter, where they wrote that they wanted to show respect for Khalil, a rising eighth-grader at Ashley Park school. At the vigil, they released balloons as they remembered the teen.
Khalils father, Antwain Lockhart, said the crowd that turned out for the vigil made him feel better.
It shows what a good person my son was, Lockhart said, according to NewsChannel 36, the Observers news partner. People loved him.
Khalil was found shot at the intersection of Tuckaseegee Road and Parkway Avenue early Tuesday. His 16-year-old friend, Damien Wright, was charged with murder and remains in Mecklenburg jail. Police have not said what led up to the gunshots, but some of Khalils relatives have said they believe the shooting was accidental.
I would like an apology from him. Thats about it, Lockhart said. I aint got no hard feelings.
Friends and family are planning other vigils this week to remember the slain teen.
Judy Williams said her group, Mothers of Murdered Offspring, will host a march followed by a candlelight vigil Friday evening near the spot where Khalil was shot.
NewsChannel 36 contributed