It was a sad day in the McKee Street neighborhood for the family and friends of Tre Marshall. The message of the vigil was clear: the violence has to stop.
About 200 people gathered at McKee Street Park for a vigil mourning the loss of the 17-year-old. The teen was shot Sunday evening and died on Monday.
His friends and family wracked with pain over their loss.
"He was a sweet person," said Mia Cotton, a friend of Marshall's. "He had a heart of gold... his mom raised him right. He was a ladies man, always has been."
The neighborhood where Marshall was shot has recently seen a spike in crime and violence, causing neighbors to become concerned for their safety.
Police are continuing to look for a suspect.
"I think they're making progress," said Columbia Police Sgt. Joe Bernhard. "A lot of times you can't see that progress because we can't release what avenues we're taking or leads we're investigating."