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Loved ones gather to remember soldier killed Downtown in 2015

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Loved ones gathered to remember a U.S. Army soldier who was gunned down in Downtown Memphis almost a year ago Tuesday. 

Valerie Johnson will never forget the phone call she received almost a year ago telling her what happened to her son, Sgt. Calvin Wilhite.

"He was just coming down to have fun while he was home and I got a call after 12 a.m. saying my son had been shot," she said. "We were devastated."

The mother, family, and friends of Sgt. Wilhite gathered by FedExForum near Beale Street for a candlelight vigil Tuesday. 

The soldier was shot and killed as he walked with his girlfriend. 

The man, nicknamed Coo as a child, had just spent a year in Iraq. 

"Us going overseas making it all the way over there and coming back and he died downtown on Memorial Day weekend, to have no leads is unimaginable, heartbreaking," Jeremiah Taylor said.

Taylor served with Wilhite in Iraq.

Police have no suspects in the soldier and father of three's death. 

"We're just asking, pleading for somebody to come forward so my son can get justice," Wilhite's mother said. "We can get some kind of closure."

As the crowd gathered to remember Sgt. Wilhite, some people had someone else on their mind as well.

Myneishia Johnson, 18, was shot and killed just after midnight Sunday at Second Avenue and Peabody Place.

Investigators said Kwasi Corbin fired into the group she was a part of that night. 

Wilhite's aunt came to his vigil from Nesbit, thinking of her nephew and the danger in Memphis.

"When they said it was down here where he was killed and that young girl from a few days ago, I was just afraid to come," she said. "I'm just going to be honest."

There is a $20,000 Crime Stoppers reward for information in the Sgt. Calvin Wilhite murder.

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