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Hundreds light candles for murdered Charlotte teen


About 200 grieving friends and family marched down Tuckaseegee Road Friday evening, 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.

Friday's vigil was organized by Mothers of Murdered Offspring. Following the march, everyone lit candles, and said prayers in Khalil's name."He was just an all around good kid. (He) liked the classroom. Just a good kid he's going to be missed around here," said his former teacher, Donovan Jackson.

On Wednesday, Damien Wright, 16, made his first appearance in Mecklenburg County Court. Wright, was ordered to remain in jail without bond until his bond hearing August 29th. He is facing murder charges. Family members say Wright and Cousart were close friends.

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.

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," Khalil's father Antwain 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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