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At vigil, 17-year-old slain near harbor remembered as 'an amazing young man'

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Posted at 10:50 PM, Apr 09, 2024
and last updated 2024-04-09 23:12:14-04

BALTIMORE — For Devron Tyner's family, it's been a trying eight days.

At the beginning of last week, they found out Devron was the victim of a shooting near the Inner Harbor.

"I want [the community] to remember Devron as a stand-up young man," said Latoya Mickens, Devron's mom.

On Tuesday night in Baltimore, there was a chance for those who knew him to remember him. A vigil was held on Hollins St. in the city, bringing together dozens to celebrate Devron's life.

"He was a good kid," said Tikiesha Mickens, Devron's aunt. "He was a good child."

"Stayed out of trouble, stayed to himself, stayed with his friends," recalled Kenyon Mickens, Devron's uncle. "He loved his family; that's why it hurt so much, because he was a special child."

Police believe Devron was being robbed on the night of April 1. He was 17.

19-year-old Dejuan Cole turned himself in on Monday.

READ MORE: Police say robbery motive behind teen's murder outside Inner Harbor hotel

Family members tell WMAR they are trying to take each day little by little.

Some at the vigil wore buttons with a photo of Devron reading 'in loving memory.'

On a trifold cardboard poster, dozens of people from Devron's life left behind signatures and messages.

"My life will never be the same, but I know he will always be with me, so I can carry this love and legacy a long way, he was a great child," said Daren Tyner, Devron's father.

The vigil was not only a somber goodbye but also a celebration of life. It featured candles and embraces, but music and smiles as well.

"We had great plans for the future. But overall... I'm proud of my son. I know he's an amazing young man, I'm proud of who he was becoming, and I will keep his name alive forever," Daren added.