by Marlee Ginter

ELK GROVE (CBS Sacramento) — People gathered with candles in hand as the sun went down to remember 19-year-old Seth Smith. Smith graduated from Cosumnes Oaks High School in Elk Grove. The high school theater community organized a private candlelight vigil in Smith’s honor on the eve of his birthday. He would have turned 20 on July 4.

“He touched a lot of people in positive ways and so they really wanted to have a time to remember him,” said his mother, Michelle Rode-Smith.

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Candlelight Vigil for Seth Smith

Candlelight vigil in Elk Grove for slain Cal student Seth Smith. (via CBS Sacramento)

Rode-Smith wants answers. It’s been two and a half weeks since he was found shot and killed just a mile from his new apartment in Berkeley. It was late at night around 11:30 on June 15 when he was gunned down and his family says there are still no leads.

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“The Berkeley police have said he was simply walking and he was shot in the back of the head. So we just want answers. If anyone knows anything I would just really like them to come forward,” said Rode-Smith.

Smith was set to start his third year at UC Berkeley. Always a lover of theater and cooking, Smith actually chose to double major in history and economics.

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