Friends and family remember 14-year-old shot and killed in east Columbus


COLUMBUS, Ohio - At a vigil in east Columbus on Thursday, there was anguish and heartbreak over a life cut short.

A 14-year-old boy's future was claimed in a moment of gun violence.

Jaykwon Sharp was shot and killed.

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A photo of Jaykwon Sharp, who was killed in a shooting May 22, 2019 in east Columbus.

Police say the killer is younger than he was and is still on the run.

It was just before 7 p.m. Wednesday when police say a 13-year-old juvenile carrying a loaded gun got into an argument with Sharp and shot him just outside Shady Lane Elementary.

“My heart is so broken,” said neighbor Purity Snelling.

Many hearts were broken as tributes poured in for a teenager known for his humor and talent on the football field.

“He was funny, a funny person,” said friend, 14-year-old Shawn Latham.

“He was a funny kid. He had an interesting sense of humor, it was a little dry. Sometimes you'd have to look and think about what he said for a moment, then you could laugh with him,” said the co-founder of Inspiring Children to Excellence Maree Whitlow.

A 14-year-old girl was also shot, but is expected to be ok.

“I was just devastated. I couldn't believe it was real,” said Whitlow.

Sharp was a member of TAPS, or Teens and Police Service. In a touching moment, the officers who taught him placed a medal on the fence to honor him.

“I know the mom is having a rough time. Her heart is still right. She is still holding on to God,” said Snelling.

While Snelling is praying for Sharp's family, she says his family is praying for the suspect and his family as well.

“He's a baby also. My heart hurts for him and I know Jaykwon's mother's heart hurts for him. She stated that. She knows that he's just a child and he doesn't even know what he's about to face or what he's done,” Snelling said.