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Jirah Campbell was found with a fatal gunshot wound in Pine Lawn Monday (Credit: Family) Jirah Campbell was found with a fatal gunshot wound in Pine Lawn Monday (Credit: Family)

PINE LAWN, Mo. (KMOV.com) – The community of Pine Lawn joined friends and family members of a 15-year-old murder victim for a vigil on Thursday.

Fifteen-year-old Jirah Campbell was found with a fatal gunshot wound inside an alley in the 6300 block of Dardanella just after 5 p.m. Monday.

Thomas Daniels, Campbell’s father, said he found out about the incident after stumbling upon the crime scene.

“I seen his bag and I knew that was his bag, and seen that black bag that he keep his turtle in, and I knew it was him,” said Daniels.

Campbell's mother said, “It feels like somebody dug in my heart, took it out, threw it on the ground, stomped on it and smashed it. That's how I feel right now.”

Campbell’s family is questioning widespread rumors that the teen may have been killed over a pair of jeans.

“It ain’t no social media thing, it ain’t nothing like that. It's just somebody being ignorant. Plain and simple,” said Daniels.

Tuesday morning, police released two photos of an orange vehicle believed to belong to the suspect. They said the driver of the vehicle was a woman with braids, but the shooting suspect is a man in his late teens or early 20’s.

The Major Case Squad is following leads, working to bring the shooter to justice.

Byron Mischaeux, Campbell’s grandfather, says he wants to see a change in his community.

“We are the problem of our neighborhood. Not the drugs, not the guns, but we as people, we as human beings, we are the problem,” said Mischaeux.

People who are mourning the loss of Campbell met at the spot where he was gunned down to offer support to family and friends.

About 75 people came to the vigil on June 23 in Pine Lawn.

Anyone with information should contact Det. Doug Barber at 314-574-4041 or CrimeStoppers at 314-725-8477.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help pay for Campbell's funeral expenses. To donate, click here.

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