SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KCBS)- There was a heavy police presence last night at the wake for a murdered teenager in San Francisco.

Stephen Powell is being remembered as a fine athlete who hoped to strike it rich in the NBA for his close-knit family.

Deon Otis coached Stephen for years.

“He didn’t just bring joy to me, but he lifted our team up and that helped us a lot through a lot of basketball games. Kids don’t even realize,” said Otis.

One family friend, Rev. Bob Wade figures there aren’t jobs for young people.

“What are young people going to do besides get in trouble,” Wade asked rhetorically.

And trouble it was the night of June 26th, Powell was shot dead and two others injured by gunfire at an SF Pride event in the Castro.

Stephen’s mother Stacey Powell can only wonder why.

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“He loved everybody so he wasn’t an evil person or anything like that. He was always a caring and giving person,” said his mother.

Police say the killing was gang related and the killer is still at large.


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