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The family of Lawrence "Boo Boo" Richardson, the peace advocate killed on Dayton Street in April, gathered Wednesday at the spot he was killed.
Michelle Richardson, Richardson's aunt, said Wednesday was her nephew's birthday and the family didn't want his life or death to be forgotten.
We just don't want people to forget what he did with his life, Michelle Richardson said. He was such an important part of our family. He is missed at every event.
Richardson was 22 when he was gunned down about 7 p.m. April 9 as he and two friends walked down Dayton Street.
Kenny Mitchell, 23, of Rochester and Clifford Gardner, 18, of Brighton also were shot and are recovering.
Police said it appeared that the shooter was dropped off in the area just before the shooting. The man reportedly walked past the trio on Dayton, pulled out a handgun and fired multiple shots, striking all three men in the torso. The shooter fled and the victims ran to Mitchell's Dayton Street residence.
The shooting remains a mystery and no charges have been filed.
Family members said Richardson was a positive figure with an incredible amount of energy who loved to make people laugh. He attended Freddie Thomas School, loved music and his family, and he found purpose in his work with Teen Empowerment.
Richardson had been an employee, volunteer and mentor for roughly the past five years for Teen Empowerment.
In his teens, Richardson transformed quickly from a sometimes troubled youth who needed the guidance of Teen Empowerment, to a dynamic adult member of that team.
During the vigil, family members held hands and prayed. They lit candles and sang Happy Birthday.