Friends, Family Remember Shooting Victim

May 28, 2011 Updated May 28, 2011 at 6:27 PM EDT

By Allen Leight

May 28, 2011 Updated May 28, 2011 at 6:27 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Known in the neighborhood as everyone's "little brother", 21-year-old Jay Nieves was well liked and known for his sense of humor and calm demeanor.

"[He] was always cracking jokes. He had a personality that was welcoming. It was hard not to get along with him," said Jesse Santiago, Jay Nieves' first cousin.

Jay served in the U.S. Army National Guard and had plans to enroll in college. His friends and family say he was full of ambition. Sadly, his future was cut short after being fatally shot Friday morning.

Police have named 17-year-old Joshua Nieves, who is of no relation to the victim, as a person of interest in the murder. Police consider him armed and dangerous.

Witnesses say the shooting stemmed from an altercation at a club just hours earlier. It's an incident that friends and family are calling senseless, and they hope this will shine a light on the growing culture of violence.

Residents in neighborhood have said believe the suspect is still in the City of Buffalo or nearby, and may be planning to turn himself in to authorities.

Meanwhile, Buffalo Police are asking anyone with information to call or text the confidential tip line at (716) 847-2255.