Family and friends said their final goodbyes Monday afternoon to an 8th grade student at East Lake Academy.
Deontrey Southers was shot inside of his home last week and died on his way to the hospital.
Last week's shooting prompted several Hamilton County schools to go on lock out in fear of retaliation in nearby neighborhoods. And even Mayor Andy Berke weighed in saying it's time to change the cycle of senseless shootings.
A mother forced to bury her 13-year-old son, friends now without a classmate, and family grieving after a murder, our cameras were there as hundreds of people filed in one by one at the funeral home chapel to pay respects to Deontrey Southers, known as Trey.
"Because he's lying in a casket, due to someone else, and something that had nothing to do with him," says Deontrey's cousin Anqueligue Owens.
We saw lots of hugs, tears, and high emotions from people still trying to make sense of this tragedy. His cousin says he was a star-football player, enjoyed basketball and adds it's a shame he lost his life so soon.
"He didn't deserve it, he was not a part of a gang, he was not a bad child, he was just a normal, happy, all go round child, and it hurts very badly," says Owens.
"It's a shame that a child so young and has so much life in him, he had a full life ahead, all of this violence needs to stop," says Maria Johnson.
9-year-old Jarvis Crew grew up with Trey. He told NewsChannel 9 it's going to be tough moving forward.
"It's like he was my first friend that I ever had and he was always there for me and was my best friend," says Souther's younger cousin, Jarvis Crew.
For years, Jarvis Crew lived next door to Trey and saw him as like a big brother.
"At school, me and him would have breakfast and lunch and we would sit at the same table at breakfast," says Jarvis Crew.
Monday, we saw at least six police cars outside Trey's funeral to help with security.
Chester Heathington believes the wave of black on black violence makes funerals like this one all too common.
"It's just like a day outing for these kids to come to a funeral," says Heathington.
For now, Trey's cousin is praying for justice.
"If anybody knows anything, please come forward and speak up, because he did not deserve this," says Angelique Owens.
After his funeral, Deontrey Southers was laid to rest at the Forest Hill Cemetery in St Elmo.
By Jerry Askin