Friends and family hold vigil for teen South Bend shooting victim

Friends and family hold vigil for teen South Bend shooting victim. // WSBT 22 photo

Friends and family of a South Bend teenager are remembering him Thursday.

They held a vigil for 17-year-old D'Angelo Jennings.

He was shot and killed a week ago Thursday.

The family is calling on the young people in the city to make a decision and end gun violence.

Police say Jennings was killed after a fight with 18-year-old Torreay Fennessee. He's been charged with voluntary manslaughter.

Thursday's candlelight vigil started with a prayer, followed by a balloon release. Tears could be seen rolling down the faces of friends and family.

D'Angelo's father says he has been to several funerals for gun related deaths, but never thought he'd have to see his son be the next victim.

Other family members say they want young people to take a stand.

“Y'all have to make a choice. That's it or the next thing, the next RIP shirt. I want all ya'll to go out and get. Put your own face on it. Let me see the RIP with your own face, then maybe you'll realize you're next. You could be next,” said a family member.

Fennessee has been charged with one count of felony voluntary manslaughter.

He's being held in the St. Joseph County Jail on a $100,000 bail.

He's expected back in court later this month.

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