What seemed like a normal day for the family and friends of 16-year-old Keyaira Williams turned into a nightmare as they had to say goodbye too soon.
"Keyaira went off to school like any other 16-year-old child would be doing, and unfortunately she never came home," Keyaira's cousin, Tiffany Scott said.
Dozens of people gathered Friday night at 3131 Wallin Avenue, where the Guilford High School student was shot and killed unexpectedly around noon on Friday.
The family says bringing people together is their way of coping with their loss they also hope it sends a message to stop the violence.
"We also want to be able to give back to our community so that we may be able to help another family," Scott said. "By showing them this visual, by showing them unity, bringing a family together, bringing a community together."
Keyaira's family says she was a fun-loving teen who loved to dance and had a contagious smile.
Police are still looking for information about the suspects in Keyaira's murder.
If you have any information contact Rockford Police or Crime Stoppers.