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Hundreds attend vigil for murdered Charlotte teen

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Hundreds of people showed up in front of a church in west Charlotte on Wednesday night to remember a teenager who was fatally shot in the chest earlier this week.

Thirteen-year-old Khalil Malik Cousart was shot and killed along Tuckaseegee Road near Parkway Avenue early Tuesday morning.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said a woman was driving in the area when she was flagged down by a frantic pedestrian.  When she stopped she saw Cousart on the corner.

The vigil, which started around 7:30 Wednesday night, was held outside of a church in Charlotte's Enderly Park neighborhood.

An estimated 250 people are believe to have shown up for the vigil.  Around 8 p.m., the crowd released red and white balloons into the air.

"My son was loved by a lot of people," said Antwain Lockhart.

It started just hours after  man accused in Cousart's murder made his first appearance in Mecklenburg County Court.

"He had a smile that could light up a room," said Megan Morris, Khalil's former dean of students.

Damien Wright, 16, was ordered to remain in jail without bond until his bond hearing August 29th. He is facing murder charges.

Police say Cousart had been hit by gunfire at least once in the chest, however; two shell casings were found nearby. Neighbors said they heard at least five gunshots.

Both families tell WBTV's Dedrick Russell that they think the shooting was an accident.

Witnesses say Wright, was aiming his gun at someone else in a moving car - who he thought was threatening him.  Friends say when he pulled the trigger, the bullet went into the 13 year old's chest and he died. 

"He (Wright) got to go to jail if he did the crime. I don't know about forever though because everyone deserves a second chance," Lockhart said.

If you have information that could help detectives, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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