LIMA — A candlelight vigil will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday on Scott and Eureka streets in Lima in memory of Mekhi “Khi” Williams, believed to be the victim in a Wednesday night shooting on South Scott Street.
Police have not released the name of the 16-year-old male who died in the shooting.
According to a group Facebook post announcing the planned vigil, which identifies Williams by name, “The family ask that u come and pay respect to a Wonderful Sweet boy whose life was prematurely taken from him. Please wear mask and keep it respectful and safe.”
Williams’ cousin, Lindsey Liles, posted on Facebook, “He was such a loving young man. He was positive. He had a good outlook on life. Those aren’t just my words, they’re words from everyone, words from the community on his Facebook page.
“He wanted to go to the Air Force and become a nurse. He wanted to do better things in life. He wanted to make the world better.”
A statement released by the Lima Police Department on Thursday morning noted police were called at approximately 7:30 p.m. Wednesday to the 300 block of South Scott Street in response to a shooting. Upon their arrival, officers found a 16-year-old male had been shot. The victim was pronounced dead by medical personnel at the scene.
A spokesperson with the Allen County Coroner’s Office said the body was sent to Lucas County for an autopsy, the preliminary results of which were expected back Friday. The office did not respond to phone calls Friday afternoon.