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Family and friends remember Sharon basketball player who was shot and killed Sunday


SHARON, Pennsylvania - The life of a Sharon High School basketball player is being remembered.

Friends and family of 17-year-old Leangelo Ford, known as Le Le, gathered at Musser Elementary.

The teen was shot and killed early Sunday morning.

Several pastors at the vigil called to the community to stop the violence.

"God told me to challenge each and every one of ya'll here today. Listen to me and hear me well. If you got a gun, first of all you're a minor so you didn't get the gun legally, and if you got one God told me to tell you to lay that gun down," said Pastor Leon Avery, Jr. from Bethlehem Baptist Church.

The young man's family and teammates spoke with 21 News about their tragic, unexpected loss.

Teammates packed an aunt's home all showing their respect to the family of Leangelo Ford.

Members of the Sharon Tigers' basketball team and others who played with Leangelo on the Kings basketball team say they will miss him on and off the court.

They showed his last basketball trophy from the Man of God Tournament last summer.

"Great kid; every time he came to practice he came to work. He didn't take a day off. He loved the game, always smiled, great personality, funny, very funny," said Coach Lewis Brown.

"He was energetic. He brought energy when we didn't have it," said teammate Dammond Crawford.

His sister says Le Le was smart, funny and outstanding. "A kid that was never involved in any negative things. He loved to stay positive," said Terralynne Crumby, Ford's sister.

Leangelo's dad says his son was respectful and worked hard to make him and his mom proud. Le Le's mom was too distraught to talk.

"I didn't even know Le Le was as popular as he is how he touched everybody's life in this community. The people, the phone calls it has been tremendous support to us to keep us holding on to Gods unchanging hand," said

Christopher Ford says Le Le was his heart, a younger brother who excelled at baseball, football, and soccer at a young age, but he loved basketball the most.

The sophomore at Sharon High School was encouraged to focus on his education by his siblings and parents.

"His dream was to go to Duke. Duke was his college. Duke is where he wanted to be and then one day go to the NBA," Christopher said.

Jontae Barnes allegedly ended those dreams and aspirations by allegedly shooting Leangelo Ford in the chest Sunday morning.

The 19-year-old has been charged with one count of criminal homicide and is in jail on $200,000 bond. He is scheduled to be arraigned January 25th.

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