Community gathers to remember 15-year-old killed in midtown

Published: May. 6, 2016 at 12:28 AM MST|Updated: May. 6, 2016 at 12:39 AM MST
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Sephaul Booker (Source: Jahmel Raymond)
Sephaul Booker (Source: Jahmel Raymond)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Those in attendance at tonight's vigil at St. Mark's Presbyterian church to remember Sephaul Booker, were friends and family, but many were community members who never met Sephaul or his family. They said it was important to show up and show support in the wake of such a tragedy.

"Just can't believe my cousin is gone. It just makes me think that life is too short and just reminiscence back on the days that all the crazy times that we had and all the good memories just makes me want to do better," said Jahmel Raymond, Booker's cousin. "It's crazy that he had to go this way. I wish it could have been me or something. I don't know how to take this."

Sephaul's friends and family describe him as a fun loving teen who was taken from them too soon. They said he had much more to experience and enjoy.

"We supposed to be grow up together. We supposed to like see each other have kids. Like that was my bro. But it's not like that no more," said Anthony Smith, a longtime friend.

Smith and Raymond both said some of their best memories with Booker were at Freedom Park, playing basketball and hanging out.

"I really honestly cannot  believe someone would do something so cruel like that.. To this young boy. Like who has he heart to do that," Raymond said.

Noemi Jones, a neighbor, called 911 and was with Sephaul during his last moments. ..

"I called 911 while we were trying to tend to this man. You couldn't tell if he was a young man or a teen or anything like that. I have three boys so immediately i was like. Lord this is somebody's son. Of course I was concerned.. Where was his mom?" Jones said.

The Tucson Police Department is still searching for the suspects. They are searching for two Caucasian or light skinned Hispanic males who are in their late teens or early 20s.

The men might be associated with a white or light colored midsize SUV.

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