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Close friends speak out after teenager allegedly shot by brother

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Close friends speak out after teenager allegedly shot by brother

By Stacey Gualandi. CREATED May 23, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The alleged murder of 18-year-old Clayton Bronson has left a community in mourning.

Not only for this overachiever but for his younger brother, who police said shot and killed him. Friends are now trying to make sense of the tragedy.

Home video from 2009 shows Clayton Bronson asleep while his younger brother takes a red marker to his face. Another time, plays ticktacktoe on his leg.

It was all good, clean fun said the teenager behind the camera.

"They weren't brothers that were like, 'I love you so much dude,' but they're like, deep down inside, they loved each other," said best friend Danny Dicamillo.

The Dicamillos spent a lot of time with the two brothers, at sleepovers and at the skate park.

La Rae Dicamillo said the brothers had different personalities, but they were close, each unique and wonderful. One's a prankster, and one is Wall Street.

But on Thursday night, police said the brothers argued inside their home, then shots were fired. Clayton died, and his kid brother is now the suspect.

"No one is beyond redemption, not even for something as horrible as this," said their Pastor Don Lorfing.

Pastor Lorfing serves the Good Samaritan Church on Windmill Lane. He said Clayton was the first 18-year-old president of their youth council.

"You could tell he had a deep faith because of the way he lived. He was concerned about people. He didn't just talk about it, he did stuff," said the pastor.

He held a memorial at the church Friday where friends and community members shared stories and memories of Clayton. He said many wrote down their feelings to deal with their grief.

"I think that is the saddest thing about this. This community is a sadder place because he's not in it."

For Danny Dicamillo, he hopes his best friend will be given a second chance. But for now, he must cope with losing him and his mentor Clayton Bronson.

Danny said, "Without a doubt, I can honestly say I wouldn't be the person I am today without Clayton."

There will be a candlelight vigil held for Clayton Bronson on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. at the Good Samaritan Church at 8425 West Windmill Lane near Durango.

The pastor said the Bronson family wants to bring everyone root beer floats because that's what Clayton would have wanted.