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Teen shot, killed in Berkeley Saturday night

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Natious Neil (Credit: Family) Natious Neil (Credit: Family)

The family of a Berkeley teen shot and killed are searching for answers. Natious Neil, 18, died Saturday night on Fay, near I-170 and Airport Road. 

"People just think they can do what they want and don't understand what they take away," says Mattie Neil. 

Neil says when she got home on Saturday night at midnight, her son Natious wasn't home. 

She went looking for him. Just a couple blocks from her home, she saw her worst nightmare come true. 

"I walked on Fay Drive and saw the yellow tape and the two markers and I saw a black ball cap which I knew my son wore," she says. 

Nearly 48 hours have passed since and no information has been broadcast or put out by Berkeley police.

That led Natious' family and friends to News 4. One writing , saying the "powder keg of violence in Berkeley needs to be explored.”

News 4 asked police why no information has been put out. The Interim Chief, Art Jackson, says they just don't release information every time there is a homicide. 

"No one has said who done it," says Neil. 

But the chief says detectives are on it. The family's pastor is trying to help during this time of chaos. He too has been impacted, losing one of his church's prominent members. 

"All I can continue to hear in my ear is ‘yes, sir. Yes, sir.’ If I would ask him to do something, even if he didn't want to do it, it was always ‘yes sir," says Pastor Jasper McNutt. 

Naitous brought a smile to anyone's face whenever they met him. 

"He didn't like to never see anybody sad. If he could fix it, he would do it," says Natious' Godmother Javlyn Bynum. 

The family says Natious loved God, was kind and even bullied as a child. 

"He was a kid that you know, people who thought they were tough, picked on," says Neil. 

Natious and his sister share a special bond. They were going to attend the same college together in the fall. 

"This is him, the short one in the front and that was the smile he carried all day every day, that was his smile," says Christian Marie. 

Marie says her brother wanted to study to be a teacher. 

The family is praying for closure. 

"No one has said who done it. But one thing about the hood, is they talk and it's sad the hood will find out before the police do," says Neil. 

As Berkeley police continue to investigate, they're asking for the public's help. 

CrimeStoppers has offered a reward of up to $5,000 for anyone that has information that leads to arrest. If you have any information on the shooting, call CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-TIPS (8477).

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