Teen killed in Bartlett shooting was taunted on Instagram before death

Teen killed in Bartlett shooting was taunted on Instagram before death

BARTLETT, TN (WMC) - Family and friends are remembering a 17-year-old gunned down in the parking lot of a Bartlett restaurant.

Candles spelled out "RIP Jaylon" as friends and family gather to remember Jaylon Cohen, the youngest of 13 children.

"I can't do it," said his mother Sharon Cohen.

His mother Sharon is having trouble talking about her beloved son.

"Spoiled, a momma's boy just fun, you know he liked to tease people," Sharon said. "He was mostly to himself, didn't go anywhere."

His family is puzzled why someone would want to kill him.

"My little brother didn't deserve this," said his brother Quinton Hendriex. "You know they shoot him 14 times. We just want justice that All we want."

The teenager was shot and killed Tuesday night at Taco Bell right across the street from the Bartlett Police Department. It was the night of the Bartlett fireworks show.

Police charged 18-year-old Kentrell Spight in the shooting. Police said Spight shot Cohen once, and when he fell to the ground, Spight stood over him and kept firing. Cohen died later at the hospital.

"Why would he take my brother's life like that y'all," said his sister Vennisha Hendriex. "My brother didn't do… he was a homebody, he never went nowhere."

According to Bartlett police, there was a video that circulated on Instagram from a group of teens taunting Cohen and saying they were looking for him. It is not clear why.

After a prayer for Jaylon, who would have been a senior at Bolton, balloons were launched in his memory.

Now, the family is left inconsolable over the loss.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help his family make funeral arrangements.

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