PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Family and friends gathered tonight to remember a local high school football player who was murdered while on a trip with some of his teammates.
Hundreds came together at Mount Ararat Baptist Church in East Liberty and remembered Darrell Turner.
The 18-year-old was shot and killed in a North Carolina parking lot on June 23. Turner was on his way to a football camp. One of Turner’s teammates was also shot and is expected to recover.
Gateway football players wore their jerseys, while trying to hold it together today for their friend and teammate. The entire team attended.
Parents say the most difficult thing is to try and explain this tragedy to their children.
“You can’t comprehend it,” said Tammy Richardson, mother of a Gateway football player. “All you can do is hold on to your faith, and trust in God that he has a plan and a purpose. A young man like Darrell, his life, definitely he made an impact, as you can see.”
Gabriel Gamez, a Texas man, was arrested in North Carolina and charged with a crime. The best authorities can determined is Gamez shot the two teenagers after a brief exchange of words.
For parents trying to explain this to their children, these are difficult days.
“We’ve just tried to be there for our daughters, and explain that senseless things happen and you just have to rely on each other and rely on their faith to try and just bring them through,” said Michelle Henderson, mother of a Gateway cheerleader.