SPRING, Texas -- Friends and family of Johran McCormick held a candlelight vigil Friday to remember the young life lost on Thursday morning.
His pastor spoke at the event.
I think the whole community is at a loss and grieving and there is sadness that it will take a long time to heal, said Pastor Ginny Brown Daniel from Plymouth United Church in Spring.
The 17-year old junior, known as Bird Man, was well liked at Klein Collins High School.
It s really hard, said classmate Gwen Anderson. He didn t deserve it. He was really kind hearted.
McCormick was killed after sneaking into the bedroom of a 16-year-old he was dating and shot by her father when they were caught. She reportedly told her dad, she didn t know him.
The father called 911 but told deputies Johran dropped his hands as if to grab something, so he opened fire.
A grand jury will decide if that dad gets charged but our legal analyst, Gerald Treece, is doubtful that will happen.
You have what's called justifiable use of deadly force, said Gerald Treece. It doesn't mean it could have been avoided, it means he was justified in doing the shooting.
But for the group of friends and family who attended the vigil, it just wasn t right.
It s senseless, said Johran s mother Zakia McCormick. It didn t have to happen.
Another service is being held for Johran McCormick on Sunday at the Plymouth United Church at 3 p.m. The church is located at 5927 Louetta Road.
We stopped at the home of the teenage girl. Her family wasn t interested in talking about what happened.