MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - A north Memphis family is still reeling after a shooting that killed a 10-year-old boy with a bright future.
Police say Alfreddie Gipson was shot in the stomach after he and his 12-year-old brother found a gun in the bedroom of their home on Christmas Day.
"Alfreddie is an example of a young man that I know in my heart was going to be a future leader in this community, he was just that caliber of young man," said Pastor Tim Cox, who taught and mentored Gipson at Brinkley Heights Urban Academy.
"He is one of the leaders in the school, he is just that kind of kid," Cox said. "He is the kind of kid that when you meet him, you just fall in love with him."
Cox says he just feels for Gipson's brother, saying the two were brothers and best friends.
"They were inseparable. Every time you saw these two brothers they were together, it was like that, they did everything together," Cox said. "Just really, really, a special relationship, between these two, obviously his brother is going to be tremendously affected."
Cox says Gipson's family will hold a candlelight vigil to remember Gipson and raise awareness. It will be on Friday at 5:30 p.m. outside Gipson's north Memphis home. A memorial fund has also been set up to help Gipson's family. If you would like to donate to the Alfreddie Gipson Memorial Fund, you can go to any First Tennessee Bank branch, or mail your donation to First Tennessee Bank, P.O. Box 376, Memphis, TN 38101.
"We are just looking for the good things to come out of Alfreddie, and his life, and the situation that has happened," Cox said.