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Community mourns shooting death of 13-year-old Chester boy

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - There are new developments in the murder case of a Chester teenager. Police say 13-year-old Devin Hawkins was hit by a stray bullet. The intended target, another teenager, was shot in the leg. It happened in the 15200 block of Timsberry Terrace. 

On Monday evening, the community will come together to celebrate Hawkins' life during a candlelight vigil.

Hawkins loved his family, friends and football according to his grandmother -- who requested her identity not be revealed. 

"He loved sports -- just being outside - just a happy child," said the grandmother.

And it seems everyone in the neighborhood has a story to tell about the teen, including his neighbor Kenyia Milligan. Her daughter and Hawkins rode the school bus together.

"Every morning when I'd see him, he'd walk up the street - strap on his bag - put his earphones on he'd be dancing to the music walking to the bus stop," said Milligan.

The music stopped Saturday night.

"They were shooting and all the kids were running trying to get away from it," said the grandmother.

Police say 21-year-old William Walker is the triggerman. 21-year-old Jermon Jones is charged with accessory after the fact. One bullet hit a 17-year-old in the leg. Another bullet hit Hawkins. Police say the 17-year-old, not Hawkins, was the target.

Milligan says she's seen the two suspects in the neighborhood many times. In fact, they volunteered to help her move furniture in her home.

"They seemed like bright guys. Real nice," said Milligan.

The spiritual advisor for Hawkins' family says good will come out of this tragedy.

"They're going to turn this around. What was meant for evil is going to end up being a strength for this family," said family friend and youth minister, Lamont Hobbs.

The family of the teen who was shot in the leg started a makeshift memorial in front of Hawkins' home.

"Devin was just a good child. He was a loving child. He's always going to be in my heart," said the grandmother.

Hawkins' family says he did not know the teen who was shot in the leg. Police have not released a motive for the shooting. If you have any information on the case you're asked to contact police.

The candlelight vigil will be held Monday evening at 7:30 in front of the teen's home. That's at 3642 Broadwater Road in Chester. The public is invited to attend.

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