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Vigil held at Memphis store where man was gunned down

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - On the day a man was charged with his murder, friends and family members gathered to remember Anthony Randle.

Anthony Randle, 20, was gunned down outside a Memphis store on Sunday afternoon.

Odester Smith said she cannot believe Randle, her nephew, is gone.

"They took him to the trauma center," said Smith.  "He was dead.  It's just not the same anymore with him not here."

Surveillance video taken Sunday showed Randle getting on his bike at the Park Avenue Food Store.  He was only a few blocks from home when one of the two men who followed him out of the store shot him.

"What happened to him should never have happened to him," said Smith.  "He did not deserve that."

Randle had been living with Smith since he was 16 and his mother moved out of town.

"He's just like my very own son," said Smith.  "I love him just like my very own son."

Randle was at the store Sunday picking up food for a puppy he had gotten for his 15-month-old son, Malaki.

"He was so crazy about his baby," said Smith.  "And his baby was so crazy about him."

Members of the nearby New Bethel Temple held a vigil outside the store Wednesday.

"I was really compelled just to go there and pray," said Pastor Aaron Litzsey.  "Several members of the congregation and several other people we're connected with said, 'yeah, we definitely need to do that.'"

Memphis Police charged 19-year-old Anthony Williams with the first degree murder of Randle.

"I'm hurt," said Randle.  "I just wish that Anthony would come back."

Even though two men were seen in the surveillance video, Memphis Police said no one else will be arrested for Randle's murder.

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