INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- Friends and family of a teen who was shot and killed after leaving Van Horn High School held a celebration of life event in his honor tonight. Javon Reilly, 16, was gunned down last week.
The group said for the next two weeks dozens of them will have blue lights shining on their front porches. They said blue was Javon's favorite color and they are doing it in his memory.
"I am really, deeply hurt and mad, but looking at all of this, it brings me joy, it really does," said Jackie Reilly, the victim's mother.
Friends and family will keep their front porch lights blue until October 14, which would have been Javon's 17th birthday. On Friday night they came together at Hill Park and wore blue and white t-shirts in honor of Javon.
"Keep your loved ones close. You never know when you are going to lose them," said Danielle Haggard, Javon's cousin.
Tymon Reed of Kearney, Mo. faces charges of 2nd degree murder and armed criminal action. He is due in court at 1:30 on Monday.