CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- There were candles and songs Monday night to remember a murdered Charlotte teenager who was killed, according to police, because he had disrespected another teen.
Kydaryune Curry -- known as K.C. -- was shot and killed in the Bradfield Farms neighborhood on September 15.
Police think that the five suspects who have been charged with his death killed him because they believed Curry disrespected one of them in front of a girl.
Curry's mother, Benita Curry, told those at the memorial ceremony that she had forgiven the men charged in her son's death.
"He is forgiving and so am I. I have to be," she said.
The service was held at the Charlotte Christian Academy in East Charlotte where K.C. was a junior.
One of his teachers, Christy Smith, said of him, "I feel like I have mourned the loss of a child. He was a super-sweet kid. He had a lot of character, a lot of ambition."
A classmate, Eric Riggins, said, "He was always making people laugh. If he wasn't making me laugh, he was making someone else laugh."
As lighted candles were passed around, Curry's mother said, "I'm going to miss him. I love him."
All of the suspects are 16 or older and will be tried as adults.