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Family grieves for teenager killed in Hilltop shooting

West High School tenth grader Quentin Smith was one of two people killed in a Monday morning shooting on South Wayne Avenue in the Hilltop. (Courtesy: Family of Quentin Smith)

West High School tenth grader Quentin Smith was one of two people killed in a Monday morning shooting on South Wayne Avenue in the Hilltop.

"No mother should have to bury their child," said Smith's mother Lisa White-Lavender, "I wanted my son to outlive me, I am just so devastated."

Surrounded by family, White-Lavender told us about the heartbreak and shared her pleas for peace after losing her son.

Monday was supposed to be a happy day. White-Lavender said it was Quentin's 16th birthday.

"He looked 19 because he was so tall," she said.

His mother thought Quentin was at school.

Then, she says she got a call telling her to rush to the hospital.

"I just lost it," said White-Lavender.

Quentin was found shot near South Wayne Avenue.

The West High School sophomore and an innocent bystander were both killed after a shower of bullets.

"The last time I seen my son he walked out the door, he said, 'ma, I love you,'" said White-Lavender.

The family will remember Quentin as a great athlete and kind young man who had struggles, but was trying to find his way.

"Just going to miss him," she said, "miss him always joking, he was a jokester."

They want peace and answers.

Family and friends gathered for a vigil for Quentin at the scene of the tragedy Monday night. They carried candles and balloons in his memory.

Police are still investigating, and at last check are looking for a dark Honda Civic that may have fired at the SUV Quentin Smith was in Monday morning.

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