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Dozens gather for murdered teen's vigil

NEWPORT, Ky. (Angela, Ingram) -- A promising life has been cut short.
    
By all accounts,18-year-old D'Angelo Wilson had a bright future.  But Wednesday night, a person he knew ended that future.  Police have arrested a 17-year-old from Fort Thomas for murdering D'Angelo.  They haven't released his name because he's a juvenile.  But people who loved D'Angelo want to know why he was murdered.

What started as a few friends gathering at Newport High School gradually turned into a sea of faces.  People held candles, hugged and supported the family of D'Angelo Wilson.

D'Angelo's mother, Shelly Trautman, said, "I think this was a senseless crime and he did absolutely nothing, nothing but be the best person that he could be."
   
It was evident by the sheer number of people at the vigil and the kind words his teachers shared that the 18-year-old was exceptional.  He was working two jobs to save for college.  D'Angelo just graduated from Newport High School.

Marissa Trautman, D'Angelo's sister, said, "He was pretty proud of that too.  He got him a car and just graduated and was getting ready to go off to college, Morehead.  He had a scholarship."
   
Marissa said her life changed forever for her family Wednesday night.  She lives at the Barkley Ridge Apartments on Bluegrass Avenue.  Her brother was visiting some people in the same complex when another young man shot him in the back of his head.

"And then a guy who was one of his friends, one of the guys who was in the house with him, ran to my door and knocked on my door and I ran straight over there to where it had happened," Marissa told Local 12.
   
It's still a shock to Marissa.  No one can understand why this person cut short the life of someone with such a promising future.

His mom said, "Just his smile and his laugh.  He was just the greatest person, one of the greatest people I've ever met and he just happened to be son and I wouldn't change a thing about him."

Police said D'Angelo knew the 17-year-old who shot him.  But his family members said they've never seen the guy before.
   
Friends will gather at Southern Smoke in Newport for a fundraiser to support his family Saturday Afternoon.

Police have not released the name of the shooter because he's a juvenile.  At this point it's not clear if the case will stay in juvenile court or if the teen will be tried as an adult.

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