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Family and friends celebrate Lexington murder victim's life

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Many people in the community knew him for his music and T-shirts. On Monday night, they gathered to remember that man shot to death in Lexington.

Lexington Police say Charles Wright, better known as Tommy Gunz, was one of two people murdered in the city over the weekend. He was shot on Sixth Street early Sunday morning.

It wasn't a night of joy, and it wasn't about mourning the loss of the 32-year-old man either. But friends of the murder victim are still in shock.

"She's like he's gone," said Letara Baltimore, a friend and co-organizer of the vigil. "And I'm like, 'Nah, he can't be. He can't be.'"

Despite the tragedy, Monday night was about celebrating Tommy's life and time spent with him.

"He had a good heart. He had a good soul, and I don't understand why somebody would just take it away from him, take him away from us," said Ronald Clay, Tommy's great-uncle. "Everybody loved him."

The aspiring rapper, who ran a small T-shirt business, is described by many as outgoing and a people person always wanting to help others.

"He didn't bother anybody. He was a great guy all around. He made T-shirts. He did just about anything for Lexington. He loved his city," said Tulicka Cottrell, another friend and co-organizer of the vigil.

What happened to Tommy is now being used as an example in this community in Lexington's east end.

"He's like in a better place now. He didn't deserve to be on this earth," said Macklin Christopher, Tommy's cousin. "He deserved to be in a better place than this."

The people in that community are now pushing to stop the violence even more following Tommy's death.

That vigil was at Duncan Park in Lexington where there was a murder just two months ago.


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