Family and friends in Guilford gathered Friday night for a candlelight vigil to honor Ethan Song, the 15-year-old who died from a gunshot on Wednesday.
The vigil marked the first time since Ethan’s death that his father Mark Song spoke publicly.
"It is as dark an hour for us as it could be," Song said. "This happened so fast and there was no chance to jump in."
Friends of the teen shared stories about Ethan's smarts and love of his friends and family.
"Ethan was there for me when I needed him the most which is why I thank you today. I will pray for you every single day, until we meet again buddy," one of those teens said.
The circumstances surrounding the shooting that led to Song’s death remain unclear.
Ethan was at 104 Seaside Avenue with another teen when the shooting happened, but police did not explain how or why the teen sustained the gunshot wound that ended his life. The medical examiner called an autopsy on the high school sophomore inconclusive to determine a manner of death and said the investigation is ongoing.
A wake for Ethan will be held Sunday afternoon in Guilford with a funeral to follow on Monday morning.