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Friends Hold Vigil In Fort Worth For Teen Victim

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FORT WORTH (CBS 11 NEWS) - Huddled together dozens of friends gathered in Southeast Fort Worth to remember their 14-year-old friend. They held hands, prayed, cried and remembered good times with German Serrano. He was was shot in the head just before midnight Friday.

“He was like family… always been with us always been together with us with everything,” said Vanessa Riso as she struggled to find the words to talk about Serrano.

serrano Friends Hold Vigil In Fort Worth For Teen Victim

German Serrano,14, was shot in the head Friday and died. (credit: CBS 11 News)

Riso was among the dozen teens who couldn’t stop sobbing in front of the home where Serrano was shot. He died hours later at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

“I think in my head I don’t believe it it’s hard to believe,” said friend Jamillex Tellez. “Yesterday it was the first time I’ve seen him in a while so it’s like hard. Yesterday I saw him; today I don’t.”

A 24-year-old man told Fort Worth police he pulled out a handgun he didn’t know was loaded and accidentally shot the teen.

“He wasn’t even supposed to be here,” said Frances Pasillas. “My son wasn’t here. I thought he had left because he is young I thought he took off from home and he didn’t.”

Pasillas said Serrano was at her house hanging out with her daughter.”I was asleep and they woke me up and said he and another boy were playing with a gun. They told them not to but they did. I don’t know why they had a gun in here… I have no idea,” said Pasillas.

As friends try to make sense out of what happened many are staying focused on the good memories.

“He was always loud — always laughing,” said Riso.

Police said the shooter left the home before investigators arrived but later called police to tell them what happened. He was questioned and then released.

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