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Hundreds pack church for Lee-Davis teen's vigil

MECHANICSVILLE, VA (WWBT) - Tonight, nearly 500 people packed into a church in Hanover County, remembering the life of 17-year-old Jyreffe Clark. Clark was shot and killed over the weekend. Three people are in custody, one charged with first-degree murder.

Tonight, we are also learning new information on what may have led up to the shooting.

An incredibly emotional vigil inside Life Church tonight. Friends, family and those who didn't even know Jyreffe Clark showing up here to show support for the teen who's life was cut all too short.

It's exactly what 17-year-old Jyreffe Clark loved - music and this church, along with everyone who surrounded him.

Tonight -- it was an outpouring of love gathered for him.

"He's loved by a lot. This is his extended family. And this is where he should go home," said mom, Patricia Sands. Jyreffe was one of her 5 children.  

"I miss him. I want him to come home, but I got to stay strong," she added.  

It was the hundreds there tonight -- all trying to stay strong for each through hugs and tears.

"He was really my one and only. I loved him so much," said Ariel Weimer, Clark's girlfriend for more than 2 years.  

She had this dog tag made, now hanging near her heart. "It says rest in peace baby boy, Jyreffe Patrick Clark. I love you so much."

As everyone is trying to come to grips with how this all would happen -- some sources tell me this could have been an accident -- involving some type of gun play. Police won't confirm that tonight.

But police did make three arrests. 17-year-old Franklin Robertson is charged with first degree murder. 17-year-old Laquan Tullis and 18-year-old Michael Thompson are charged with accessory to murder.

Clark's mom says all three teens were her son's friend.

"Just like me and my family are hurting minus a child, they are going to hurt too. Their conscience is going to punish them more. No time behind bars is enough. Their conscience is going to punish them," added Sands. 

The pastor at the church urged everyone to go out in the world and make a difference, just like Jyreffe did for 17 years of his life.

We've learned there will be a viewing for Clark on Thursday from 4 until 8 p.m. at Life Church. On Friday, at 11 a.m., there will be a memorial service, also at the church.

The church is located at 8348 Atlee Road in Mechanicsville.

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