Friends, family remember teen gunned down at Chesterfield apartments

Friends, family remember teen gunned down at Chesterfield apartments
Dozens of family members and friends attended Wednesday's vigil. (Source: NBC12)

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - It was an emotional gathering Wednesday night as friends and loved ones of a beloved Richmond teenager gathered to celebrate his memory.

Those closest to 19-year-old Breland Poole, came together at Broad Rock Park in the hope his killer will soon be caught.

It's been three days since his death and it's not getting much easier for a community in need of answers. They want to know who would do this and why.

"I didn't know that Sunday night would be the last night I would see my son," Barbara Poole said.

Still clutching the photo of Breland Poole's graduation last year, she was comforted by all of the 19-year-old's friends, including those who played football with him at Thomas Jefferson High.

"Right here, as you see my big brother's football jersey. Number 54," said Breniedja Poole.

She is trying to keep it together, not just for her family but because she knows that's what her big brother would want.

"He hated to see someone sad. He hated to see someone hurting. He was just a loving, caring person," she added.

No suspects have been named yet.

"He took somebody that touched a lot of people and he didn't deserve to die the way he died. I hope he has a conscience," Poole's uncle Douglas Shine said.

As police investigate the case, loved ones are doing their part to keep his memory alive.

T-shirts, candles, and balloons filled the park on Wednesday night in honor of a young man who touched so many.

"For someone to take his life in that manner had to be somebody evil and heartless to do that to him and just leave him," Barbara Poole said.

"I'm very distraught by that. But I know my brother is in a much better place than Richmond," Breniedja added.

The 19-year-old will be laid to rest Saturday in Richmond.

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