Wednesday night, people living in South Dakota's capital city are remembering a teenager lost one year ago to an act of violence.
Sixteen-year-old Dalton Williams died from a gunshot wound sustained in the home of a classmate, who is charged with murder.
In their first TV interview, Dalton's parents, Sage and Harry Briggs, spoke with KSFY News as family, friends and community members gathered to honor their son's memory.
They say he was the average teenager. Dalton liked to play video games listen to music and loved the outdoors.
The oldest of five siblings, Dalton was a role model to them all. His life was cut short when Braiden McCahren, who was also sixteen at the time, allegedly pulled the trigger on a shotgun.
"He never really had anything bad to say ever about anybody as far as race or gender or...he just befriended everybody the guy ran into and everybody liked him. Always had a smile on his face," said Harry Briggs.
The yellow shirts worn by so many at the vigil represented one of Dalton's favorite colors. Each person attending the service at Faith Lutheran Church received a candle in Dalton's memory.
"He was funny, always had a joke to tell. Loved to mess with teachers. Just fun to be around," said classmate Jamaal Covey.
Dalton's parents say they feel they won't have closure until the trial is over, but it's not clear when that will be. Braiden McCahren was supposed to stand trial in January 2014, but it's been postponed.
There is dispute over whether McCahren should be tried as an adult, since he was sixteen on December 18, 2012.
Dalton's parents think his death was no accident and that McCahren should absolutely be tried as an adult.
"I truly think he intended to kill him. I think he should be tried as an adult. An eye for an eye," said Harry Briggs.
"He's old enough to know better, not to play with guns and point them at people," said Sage Briggs.
Thursday, April 24 2014 4:04 PM EDT2014-04-24 20:04:49 GMT
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