Family implores public to stop violence after student is shot, killed on basketball court

LAS VEGAS - An afternoon of basketball with friends turned deadly for a local 17-year-old boy.  Tiris Coleman was gunned down after a fight broke out Sunday night on the basketball court near the West Las Vegas Library on Lake Mead Boulevard just east of Martin Luther King Boulevard.

Coleman attended Shadow Ridge High School in the northwest part of the valley.  Metro Police officers are still searching for his killer.

A vigil where friends and family of Coleman wore red in honor of the young victim is planned for this week. 

Coleman's family said the teen never came to the area of town where he was shot and killed, but he was in the area of Lake Mead and MLK boulevards playing basketball when a fight broke out.

Metro Police said the teen was running away from the altercation when he was shot multiple times.  Milton Burns, a man who was seen as a father-figure in Coleman's life said he was raised by a single mother, and that the young man's family has been going through difficult times.

In January 2017, Coleman's family lost three loved ones in a fire at an apartment complex that sits right next to the basketball courts where Coleman was shot.

At the vigil on Tuesday Coleman's family plans to ask the community to come together and stop the violence that's claiming the lives of young children.

"We've got to do it together, or it won't stop, Burns said.  "I mean everyone: me, you, him, all of us. We've got to do it together and save our kids cause they're dying, and they are dying at a rapid pace."

A Metro Police sergeant was reportedly at the basketball courts doing outreach, but the officer left right before the deadly shooting.

Coleman was a football player at Shadow Ridge High School.  The coach of the team has asked the players to wear their jerseys to school on Tuesday in honor of Coleman.


  


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