Tears in Tombstone: Family of 15-year-old boy mourns son slain in officer-involved shooting
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Reporter: Marcelino Benito
TOMBSTONE, Ariz (KGUN9-TV) - His name was Cameron King, the 15-year-old boy shot and killed by a Tombstone deputy marshal. Law enforcement said he broke into a home and threatened an officer with a gun. On Wednesday night, the community -- still in shock and coming to grips with the tragedy -- came together for a candlelight vigil.
As the sun faded away over Tombstone, the people of the town too tough to die came together to mourn.
"He was a part of this town from the time he was born," said family friend Tracy Soto.
Everyone in the town of Tombstone knew Cameron King. They knew his dreams.
"It ain't ever going to be the same in this town," said his uncle Roger King.
By now all of Tombstone has also heard how he died.
"Since this town is so small everyone wants to make rumors about him, but they're not true," King's friend said.
The hard truth is a Tombstone deputy marshal shot Cameron six times. Law enforcement calls him a home intruder who posed a lethal threat, but to the people at Wednesday night's vigil, he was a son, a cousin and a great friend.
"Regardless of what the investigation ends up saying, you have to remember this family lost someone they really loved," Soto said.
The vigil was about remembering King's 15 years of life and an attempt to make sense of it all.
"You're still texting him, wondering when he's coming home, so it's been hard," said Ana Barrera.
Dozens of candles lit up the Tombstone Cemetery and the sound of choked back tears carried through the desert air.
"All these candles keep blowing out," she said. "It's like his life. It was done too soon. It should have never gone out."
Those who knew him best admit Cameron wasn't perfect. He made his fair share of mistakes. But they don't believe his flame should have ever faded like it did. They vow to make sure no one ever forgets.
"Not a day that will go by that we don't think of him," Barrera said. "We'll move on, but it won't be the same without him here with us."
Cameron will be laid to rest at Tombstone Cemetery on Saturday afternoon.
In regards to the investigation, a spokeswoman with the Cochise County Sheriff's Department said the investigation is ongoing. They are waiting on several reports from agencies like the Sierra Vista Police Department and Border Patrol. Because of the sensitivity of the case, they tell 9OYS it could take weeks to wrap up.