Community gathers to remember 12-year-old boy killed in Cleveland

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A vigil was held Friday to remember 12-year-old Abdel Bashiti.

The little boy was shot and killed outside of his family's store in Cleveland a week ago.

The community gathered at around 5 p.m. in Public Square to honor Abdel's life, and stood together to support his family.

"His parents will never kiss him goodnight. Why? Over a stray bullet that he had nothing to do with," said family friend, Maisa Asker.

“It's tragic and it's a shock and we'll get through it; it will take time," said the victim’s aunt, Razan Bashiti. Abdel's uncle, Motasem Jarrar, added,  "Smart kid, the whole life is actually in front of him, caring, loving kid and, you know, whatever I say, it's not gonna express his features and his characteristics.

"We always talked. We always hung out. We always would like talk about sports, talk about shoes, talk about the Cavs. It just really hurts that that's how he had to die," said his 12-year-old best friend, Lawrence Overbey.

Five juveniles were also injured in the shooting, which happened on Nov. 24 in the area of Buckeye Road and East 116th Street.

Earlier this week, two 15-year-olds were arrested in connection to the case. They face charges of murder and felonious assault.

Two adults have also been arrested.

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