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Friends hold vigil for 18-year-old man on Wednesday night

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) - A vigil was held on the corner of Worthington and Federal Streets in Springfield tonight for an 18-year-old man who was found dead on Wednesday in the North End.

“They're like family to me. Kenny was like my brother, he was everything to me,” Julimar Martinez said.

“He wrote to me and he said ‘hey', and I wrote back to him, I regret because maybe I could have changed it all,” Martinez said.

Police were called to 1470 Dwight Street before 11 a.m. where they found a man dead from a gunshot wound lying next to a home.

The time of day and location had local organizers speaking out.

“You know my condolences go out to the mother, the father and the family,” David Serrano of Stay Street Smart said. “But in broad daylight? That means nobody's playing around no more.”

“I didn't know the young man but knew a lot of people that knew this young man,” Adam Gomez from New North Citizens Council said. “It's like it created an uproar in the North End.”

A city with numerous anti-violence groups say they can only do so much.

“A lot of people are starting to wake up and realize this is an epidemic that we have to take care of,” Wilfredo Lopez of Alternatives to Violence Project said. “We try to do our part but at the end of the day it all comes down to personal responsibility and trying to ensure our community is a better place.”

Springfield police are continuing to investigate the cities 8th homicide of 2015.

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