Crime

Nov 22, 2010 10:13 PM by Jeannette Hynes

Candlelight vigil for homicide victim

A frigid Monday night doesn't deter dozens of people from gathering at the very place where their friend, Jack Smith, was shot and killed Sunday morning.

"One minute he's here, and the next, he's gone," says  Thomas Salamon, a close friend of Smith's.

Smith was at a late-night party on the southwest side of Colorado Springs when a fight cost him his life. Some of his friends say they were at the party, but left before trouble started.

"We were waiting for him. He never showed up. We tried calling him. He wouldn't answer, and we came back and that's when we found out what happened," recalls Salamon.

Friends light candles in Smith's memory.  They say he was the life of the party and always stood by his friends.

"I just want to let people know how great of a friend he was," says Terry Lee, who's known Smith since the sixth grade.

The people gathered in the cold share tears and few laughs about Smith, who graduated from Coronado High School, but also went to Manitou High.  They say they'll miss the little things.

"Just his laugh I think the most. And his voice," explains Dalanie Manning who brought a framed picture of her, Smith, and other friends on a camping trip.

"He died having a good time. He died having fun and caring about his friends," says Lee.

Many of his friends are taking his sudden death hard but they're leaning on each other for support.

"Can't touch him. Can't talk to him. That's what's been so crazy," says Jamie Gonzales.

Jack Smith was 19 years old.

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