Vigil Held for Teen Shot Outside Hartford Nightclub

By Ilana Gold
|  Thursday, Aug 8, 2013  |  Updated 12:17 AM EDT
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Hundreds gathered to remember Brian Simpe. The 19 year old shot outside a Night Club at Union Place and Allyn Street in Hartford.

Hundreds gathered to remember Brian Simpe. The 19 year old shot outside a Night Club at Union Place and Allyn Street in Hartford.

Hundreds gathered for a vigil Wednesday night to remember a teen who was murdered outside a Downtown Hartford nightclub.

19-year-old Brian Simpe of Manchester was shot in the chest outside the Up or On the Rocks club around 2 a.m., Sunday.

Police said the shooting took place when a big fight broke out over a girl.

“He went out and I knew he was supposed to come home,” said Gloria Gyebi. Her 19 year old son, never did come home on Sunday.  “I thought it was just a dream.  I thought I was just dreaming until when I woke up Monday I knew it was true…my son was gone,” she added.

Brian's family and friends gathered for a vigil, just feet away from where the teen lost his life.

“He loved people he had a passion for people. He would give you the last dollar in his pocket just so that he could help you,” said his brother Kevin Yeboah. 

Friends of Brian told NBC Connecticut he was trying to break up that fight when someone shot him.  “No he never deserved this,” Yeboah explained.

Now, his loved ones are demanding justice. Hartford Police still don’t know who pulled the trigger.

“I want the person who did this to just come out and turn himself in, because he knew he was wrong my son never did anything to him,” Gloria Gyebi said. 

If you have any information on the crime, you are asked to contact the Hartford Police Department at 860-527-6300.

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