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Teenage homicide victim remembered

Rochester, N.Y. -- Family and friends gathered Saturday to celebrate the life of 15-year-old Tysean Williams. 

About a dozen people stood up to speak at the funeral. 

Tysean never did wrong, so I really dont understand, one young girl said as she started to sob.

An honor roll student at Wheatland-Chili High School, Tysean was gunned down inside his home on Adams Street Nov. 6. 

Nobody could explain why this happened to Tysean, said Tamayia Betts, his cousin. 

Michael Worth said Tysean was his oldest and best friend.

To know that he's gone is just hard, Worth said, My heart just broke on me. 

For the first time, the man family members believe was the target in that shooting, Tyseans uncle, spoke out at the service. 

I pray for understanding, I pray for comprehension, I pray for forgiveness, he said. I'm not guilty, but I'm responsible. It's the same difference. 

Many people broke down as the uncle spoke. 

The truth is I don't know if I'd be here without you Tysean, but I know I don't want to be here without you, he said. 

No matter their age, those who knew Tysean said they looked up to the teenager.  

It's unfortunate that someone who was headed to greatness life was suddenly taken from him, but we can learn from this, Betts said. 

Family members hope Tyseans legacy will inspire people to live better and go after their dreams. A scholarship fund has been created in his name to carry on his goal of going to college.

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Washington Times