By: Shelley Bortz/KDKA-TV News
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A community mourns the senseless death of one of their own.
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Dayvon Vickers, 15, was fatally shot in Homewood on Wednesday. People who knew him said he never bothered anyone.
“I was just stunned,” said Lamar Smith. “I didn’t know if I wanted to cry, scream. It always happens, but this was really different.”
A makeshift memorial featuring all of his favorite things marks the spot where Vickers tragically died.
“When I came here and saw that, I actually shed a tear,” Smith said.
Police said the 15-year-old boy was shot in the head around 6 p.m. Wednesday while riding his mini-bike near the intersection of Homewood Avenue and Frankstown Avenue. Vickers later died in hospital.
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“We had exchanged numbers about two weeks ago and had some plans and then unfortunately that happened,” Smith said.
Smith had known Vickers since he was 10 and had a mentoring relationship over the years. Smith said he was a really good boy who was popular in the community.
Everyone knew him as “Day Day,” the teenager who would ride his mini-bike around the neighborhood selling water on the corner to get some cash in his pocket.
“He was a gentleman, very quiet and outgoing,” Smith said.
Vickers lost his mother not long ago and was trying to find his way when his life was cut short on Wednesday.
“It hurts a lot. I’m still in shock,” Smith said.
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Police are asking people with leads to call them.
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