CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV & WBT) - Nearly a hundred people turned out at a vigil Thursday night for a 15-year-old who was shot and killed while playing a video game in west Charlotte earlier this week.
Most of those at the vigil in the parking lot of Tabernacle Baptist Church were teenagers. Trevell's father, Tyrue Rembert, told the crowd, "I love my son. He got cheated."
Trevell Rembert was killed while playing video games with several friends early Tuesday morning.
Overcome with emotion, his older brother Tyrue Jr. told WBTV, "I watched my little brother die -- Can't nobody tell the truth? I saw my little brother die in front of me and I don't even know what happened."
The teen's mother, Emma Rembert wanted everyone to know her son was a good kid who was the victim of terrible accident. "He was the type of kid that if he seen you at the store with some grocery bags, he'd help you home," she said.
Sources say there were at least a dozen teens inside a house at 2220 Tate Street off Beatties Ford Road in northwest Charlotte.
According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, someone brought a loaded shotgun to the house that was passed around as the teens played with it. At some point, the gun went off, striking Rembert in the chest.
Tuesday afternoon, police charged another 15 year old who is a friend of the victim. Police have not released the suspect's name due to his age.
When CMPD officers entered the house around 12:56 a.m., they found Rembert lying in the hallway suffering from a gunshot wound. Medic pronounced him dead at the scene.
Pierre McClain grew up with the victim and says he was inside at the time of the shooting.
"All I remember is coming out the room and hearing screaming," he said. "His mama gotta bury her youngest son. Word up, he died in her arms."
Our police sources also tell WBTV they have interviewed all the teens involved, but say many are not being up front with them which is making it difficult for detectives to piece together what actually happened inside the house.
WBT Radio spoke with Alphonso Spears who claims he was in another part of the house when the shooting occurred.
"Everybody started running around, [there was a] big commotion, he [Rembert] had a big hole in his chest," Spears said. "So, when people were running saying 'Call the police, Call the police,' my little cousin grabbed a sheet to put on his wound, to press down and stop the bleeding."
"I think it went all the way through, [it] was hard for him to breathe," Spears said. "There weren't no argument, they were playing with it and it accidentally went off."
Kenneth Edwards remembers Rembert as someone who looked out for others.
"He was nice," Edwards said. "We went to school with him. He protected me from people who tried to beat me up."
Friends say Rembert was well-liked by everyone and that he was a comedian that liked to make everyone laugh.
McClain says the victim stayed away from guns and hopes everyone learns from the tragedy.
"Who plays with a loaded gun?" he asked. "Man, come on. Guns only got one purpose..and that's to kill. You feel me? I hope they do learn something from this. Word up. Cause that could be anybody."
If you know anything about the murder, call 704-432-TIPS or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.
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