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Balloon release vigil held for Darrius Stewart

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Three crosses mark the spot where Darrius Stewart was shot and killed last week. As the crosses remind others of what happened, friends of Stewart gathered at his high school to remember him in a different way.

Family, friends and some who did not even know Stewart gathered at Woodland High School to hold a balloon release for the 19-year-old Saturday.

"We just don't want him to be forgotten," said Lakendria Lee.

They also lit candles to remember Stewart, who was killed following a traffic stop last weekend.

"I was shocked; my life changed in the blink of an eye," said friend Ricky Taylor.

Police say when Officer Connor Schilling went to cuff Stewart for outstanding warrants, he became aggressive and in the midst of fighting, shots were fired. 

Family members said he did not have any warrants and said he should have just been handcuffed.

Ricky Taylor was in the vehicle with Stewart.

"He's not that type of person," Taylor said. "I wouldn't think he would do something like that. When I came by and he was dead I was like 'what happened?'. No matter what, they had no right to shoot him."

That was the message for Saturday's gathering. They felt Stewart should have been cuffed, not shot.

"Darrius is no thug. I have seen plenty of posts about it," said Lee.

As they let balloons go, friends said they will not let Stewart's name fade away.

"He's got a full team down here that's not giving up," said Lee.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigations is still investigating exactly what happened.

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