COLUMBIA, Mo. - Family, friends and community members gathered in a city park Tuesday evening to remember a teenager who was shot and killed Sunday night.
"This morning I was just laying in his room and I was like my son's not walking through the door anymore," Treveon's mother told the gathered crowd. "Every time I got off the phone with him, he said 'I love you, mom.'"
The candlelight vigil in McKee Street Park was to honor 17-year-old Treveon Marshall, but also to stir action during a summer of violence in the city.
Marshall was fatally shot in the northeast Columbia park just before midnight Sunday. No one is in custody for the shooting and police do not have any suspect information.
Treveon's grandfather described him as a goofy kid, "always a prankster, always liked to joke around."
"One of our babies, one of our kids - 17 - is gone too soon," The Rev. James Grey yelled to the crowd as the vigil began. "They say a child is not supposed to go before their mother."
Family of Tre Marshall, community leaders and clergy members were all present at the vigil. Columbia City Councilmen Michael Trapp and Karl Skala were also at the gathering.
Supporters are trying to raise $6,000 by Saturday to pay for Marshall's funeral. Donations are being accepted at Millard Funeral Home on Ash Street. A fund has also been set up in Treveon's name at Boone County National Bank.