Memorial grows for slain Bronx teen

November 29, 2011 3:57:44 AM PST
There were a lot of tears and emotions at a growing memorial Monday night for a teenager gunned down in the streets of New York.

It began as a night of fun with friends, but it turned deadly in an instant, and seemingly for no reason at all.

There is still no arrest in this senseless killing.

While police search for the gunman, the memorial outside the victim's apartment is growing.

The candles at the memorial spell his name, Kurt.

The 17-year-old high school senior, Kurt Lawrence, was fatally shot early Saturday morning.

He was an honor roll student who poured all his passion into football.

Kurt was hoping for a college scholarship to pull him out of the South Bronx and into the pros except a bullet to the chest put an end to all that.

For the Lawrence family, the tragedy rips open painful wounds.

Seven years ago, Kurt's older brother J.J. was gunned down a block from the house.

His father passed from an illness two years ago.

And now Kurt leaves behind a grieving single mother and three sisters.

The victim was at a party this weekend.

At around 2 in the morning, Kurt and his friends stepped outside for a moment.

Police say that's when another group of men approached.

Eyewitness News is told that no words were ever exchanged, just the sound of gunfire.