PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - Family and friends visited the bloodstained spot on Sunday, Sept. 21 where 17-year-old Tyrelle Kynard was found shot to death in front of the Phenix City Library the day before.
"We called him Buddy Lee," said his aunt Susan Koen. "We also called him Snacks because he liked snacks because he liked snacks. And we called him Big Baby/Sweet Thang. And he was not a bad child."
Koen says the Central High School senior was shot as he was leaving a party at the Central Activities Center.
"I don't know what happened," she said. "They said a fight broke out. People started shooting."
Phenix City Police confirm the shooting happened around the time a party at the Central Activities Center was ending, but nothing further. The Russell County Coroner's Office says Kynard suffered from at least one gunshot wound to the face.
Family and friends say they just want to know what happened and why.
"Somebody just killed an innocent person," Koen explains. "I mean, he did nothing to nobody, nobody."
They're urging everyone to stop the violence while asking anyone with details about the shooting to come forward.
"Y'all kids put these guns down. Y'all are destroying people's lives for no reason," Koen advises.
Phenix City Police Chief Ray Smith tells us they are investigating Kynard's death as a homicide and the investigation is in the early stages. No arrests have been made at this time.
If you have any information about the shooting, you are asked to call the Phenix City Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division at (334) 298-0611.