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Friends honor the memory of teen killed in accidental shooting

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

People across Columbus are honoring the memory and mourning the tragic loss of a teen killed in an accidental shooting.

Hardaway High Junior Lynn Kerce, like so many across Columbus, is trying to cope with the loss of her friend Conner Weeks.

"Everybody says it's unreal like they can't believe it.  A lot of people just don't want to believe it.  People post on his [Facebook] wall [saying] tried to call you today man, and I was just hoping you'd answer," said Kerce.

 She and hundreds of Weeks' family members and friends came together Wednesday at the McMullen Funeral Home to pay their respects to this 18-year-old killed in an accidental shooting on Saturday.

Weeks' fellow students at Shaw High School remember him as a quick-to-smile student with a kind heart.

"One of the things he loved to do was just make everybody happy.  He was just always wanting everyone to cheer up if they were down, and he would cheer you up," said Denver Robles.

"He just needs to be remembered for the things he's done.  He's a really good person to talk to and do anything for, and he's always got a smile on his face," said Casey Cook.

Remembering him is just what his friends say they are going to do.  For the last Shaw High School football game of the season, the stands at Kinnett Stadium will be packed with people wearing red, Weeks' favorite color. 

 Also, students plan to gather this Friday for a candlelight vigil on the practice football field of Hardaway High School, where Weeks was a student for 3 years until transferring to Shaw.

According to Weeks' obituary, one of the pall bearers at his funeral on Thursday is Morgan Springer, the first suspect arrested in this case. We talked this week with his parents who say the boys were best friends and spent holidays together.

"That's going to be the hardest part just seeing them all together.  One last time because it's never going to happen again," said Kerce.

Kerce says attending her friend's funeral Thursday will be heartbreaking especially seeing his best friends carry him to his final resting place.

"This isn't good-bye.  This is I'll see you later.  I know he's in heaven looking down on us now, I know I'll see him again one day."

Weeks' funeral will be Thursday at 11:00am at Cascade Hills Church in Columbus.  He will be laid to rest at Parkhill Cemetery.

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