Hundreds paid tribute to a Thomas Jefferson High School student shot and killed Saturday while leaving a party.
18-year-old Garrick Lamont Ellis was killed Saturday on East Brookland Park Boulevard in Richmond. He was supposed start his senior year at Thomas Jefferson High School. Instead, his family is planning his funeral.
Over 200 people showed up to the candlelight vigil. Most of them were teenagers too young to be grieving the death of a friend.
Ellis loved to play basketball and friends say he was all smiles.
"I just wish he didn't have to go like this… It still doesn't feel real to us he's really gone. When we look back at the pictures you don't see that smile no more we don't see him dribbling that basketball anymore. It's just really hard for us right now," said girlfriend Kashe Booker.
"He was only a baby. They took him from us. It's sad," said his sister Latrsee West.
His sister has a message for the person who pulled the trigger.
"Stop. It was senseless. You have no reason to kill people. Just stop. This could have been anybody's brother, sister or anybody's family. You don't know the hurt that you put people through, it really hurts," said West.
If you have information that can help the investigation call Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.
A viewing for Ellis will be held Friday night at the Wilson and Associates Funeral Home on Nine Mile Road.
His funeral will be noon Saturday at Trinity Baptist Church.
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