Friends, family held balloon release for 17-year-old killed over the weekend

Friends and family held balloon release for 17-year-old killed over the weekend
(Source: WAFB)
(Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The threat of severe weather did not stop family and friends of an accidental shooting victim from holding a vigil in his memory Tuesday morning.

The community came together outside of McKinley High to remember Gerald Levy, who was shot and killed over the weekend in a what police are calling an accidental shooting.

"I want everybody to remember him for his smile, or his jokes, everything he used to do. That sweet child everybody remembers," said Levy's mother. "Be grateful for what you have, enjoy your life, enjoy your kids, do what you can, be there for your kids."

Gerald was killed Friday night after being shot by 20-year-old Byron Devore. Police said the shooting was accidental, adding the gun went off while Devore was facetiming. He was arrested and charged with negligent homicide.

While Levy's mother can't make sense of the killing, she turns to her faith for comfort.

"The only thing I can do is to trust in him, know that my son is in a better place and God took him for a reason," said Levy's mom.

Levy's mom has a team of family and friends, near and far, who she can lean on for a hug, share a tear or a laugh. She can only describe that support in one way.

"It's been amazing. My support system, my alumni, my classmates, my family, all my friends," said Levy's mom.

An account is being set up for people who want to help the family with funeral costs. Donations can be made in Gerald Levy's name at any Chase bank.

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