Loved Ones Remember Young Buffalo Man Shot and Killed

November 30, 2010 Updated Nov 30, 2010 at 9:37 AM EDT

By Jennifer Stanonis

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November 30, 2010 Updated Nov 30, 2010 at 9:37 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) -- It was a night of remembering 21 year old Justin Boykin who was shot and killed last Friday morning in a gas station parking lot on Niagara Street at Georgia. Loved ones held a vigil for him there Monday evening. "Just waking up to me every morning and going to sleep with me every night, being there for my daughter," Alicia Pennick, Boykin's girlfriend, said.

Pennick now has to raise their five month old daughter alone. She's pleading for the shooter to come forward or anyone who has information. "Anything to help... a lot of people don't want to come forward because police won't protect you, everyone's scared to come forward because they don't know if their life is gonna be next," Pennick said.

Police say Boykin was shot while he sat in a car. He was taken to the hospital but later died at Erie County Medical Center. Family members say they hope surveillance cameras at the intersection of the shooting will be helpful in catching the suspect. "It's a terrible loss for all of us and I just can't believe someone would take his life like that, just heartless," Marcus Dean, Boykin's uncle, said. "He was a loving, kind, sweet person and just praying that the person that did it will be brought to justice."

Justin Boykin graduated from East High School and loved playing basketball. He leaves behind a daughter and two sons. Funeral services are scheduled to be held Thursday morning.

A friend of Boykin was also shot that Friday morning last week in the same spot. 29 year old Aaron Adams of Buffalo was listed in critical condition at ECMC.