In honor of the young man who lost his life in a shooting by the school on September 27th, 2022, players and coaches represented a community that has been suffering for the last week. One teenager was killed and four others were injured when five gunman ambushed high school aged football players leaving practice. The gunmen fired more than 60 shots.
More than 100 people came out to a candlelight vigil that was held in Gorgas Park which is right next to Roxborough High School. Nicolas Elizalde, a freshman at Saul High School who played on Roxborough’s football team, was shot in the chest and killed.
According to 6 Action News, here are more details from the vigil.
The vigil was hosted by numerous faith leaders from the area. Elizalde’s mother stood in front wearing a pink hijab and was comforted by family and friends as she quietly sobbed in front of the crowd.
6 Action News actually chatted with one of the victim’s family friends, Jamel Harris. He is friends with Elizalde’s mother and came to the vigil with his daughter to show support.
“He was a good kid and I know people say that all the time, but he was a genuinely good kid,” said Harris.
One parent, Budd Reigner, told WHYY that his son hasn’t been back to school since the shooting.
“You have to understand in life, you yourself must understand that son, God doesn’t promise tomorrow,” Reigner said. “That’s why you gotta live every day, enjoy every day, live every day to its fullest. Make people happy, smile, accomplish good things. Treat people with respect, treat people the way you want to be treated. And you do that, you’ll wake up tomorrow for God’s blessing to walk His green earth one more day.”
A Ford Explorer was found a day after the shooting that was linked to the shooters, however the vehicle was stolen with one spent shell casing found in the vehicle.
Police are still looking for the suspects and currently a $45,000 reward is offered to any information leading to the the arrest and conviction that remains in place.
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