Candlelight vigil to be held on Sunday for teenage shooting victim


SPOKANE, Wash. -A vigil is scheduled for Eddie Daniels, a 15-year-old shot and killed in downtown Spokane on Wednesday.

The memorial will be at 115 E. Pacific Avenue in Spokane. It's open to the public and free to attend. Donations will be collected for Daniel's family to help with funeral costs.

"All donations are going to the family, to mom, to help for any need acquired through this tragedy," Chris Hart, an organizer, said.

The vigil is also organized by Jeff Ross, the City Life Director at Youth For Christ. Ross said Eddie was a regular at the Youth For Christ center in downtown, coming Monday through Thursday weekly.

"Eddie was a son to me. I lost a son yesterday with what happened to him and we're not going to let that happen anymore in this city," Ross said.

The memorial will also include a benefit concert, which is for all ages. It aligns with what Eddie's friends believe he would've wanted, specifically from his friend, Elijah.

According to Elijah, he was exchanging texts with Eddie a week before he died. In the texts, the two began talking about dying wishes. Eddie's text reads:

"My dying wish is that everyone have a good time and celebrate like I never left. Laugh and smile, no crying because I want everyone to know I live forever on Earth or in Heaven... I just want y'all to be happy because I hate when people are sad."

To help Daniels' family with funeral expenses, click here to donate.

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