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Brendon Mackey remembered at church service

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MIDLOTHIAN, VA (WWBT) -

A heartbroken community gathered Sunday to remember Brendon Mackey, a 7-year-old boy killed by a stray bullet the night of the Fourth of July.

Dozens of people made their way into a Brandermill church for a special service honoring the 7-year-old.

Among those who attended the gathering was the group Moms Demand Action, who are rallying behind the family still hoping police will catch the shooter.

"It's important for the sake of the family that we do everything we can for them to have closure in this terrible tragedy," said Gena Reeder with Moms Demand Action.

The group has always rallied for tougher gun laws, a message that brought them to the gathering.

"This is a prayer service and a vigil to support the family that is suffering from an unbearable loss," said Reeder. "Right now it's very important for them to understand that the entire community is grieving for them and organizations like mine will fight for common sense and to try and promote responsibility of gun ownership."

Authorities are still searching for the person who fired off what they say was a celebratory gunshot into the air. It was that shot that killed Brendon who was just out to see the fireworks with his dad.

"There's someone out there that has information on this accident and we all make mistakes, the important thing here is to take responsibility," said Reeder.

Funeral arrangements haven't been made yet.

Police say that bullet could've traveled for miles.

If you have any information about someone firing a gun in Brandermill the night of July 4th, call Crime Solvers at 748-0660, you can remain anonymous.

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