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Vigil held for man killed near UC campus

A vigil was held Sunday night for a man gunned down near UC's campus one week ago.

Brandon Tyler-Tharp, 28, was shot near the Cincy Deli and the Smoke Shop in Corryville before succumbing to his injuries.

The shooting put the West campus dorms on lock down for a short time.

At this point Brandon's killer remains at large and if police know who the gunman is they're not saying.

Meanwhile more than two dozen of Brandon's friends and family gathered at the site of the shooting Sunday evening for a candlelight vigil.

"May he rest in peace. Give strength to the family of Brandon today as we say goodbye," was just one of the prayers offered as about 30 friends and relatives gathered for the vigil.

Many of Brandon's relatives, like Tyanna Thompson, are still trying to come to grips with his death.

"He was a good person. They didn't have to kill my brother like that," said Thompson.

Thompson's tears barely conceal the anger she feels towards Brandon's killer.

"Whoever killed my brother....justice will be served. Y' all need to come forward man," she said.

Angela Lewis is Brandon's cousin who says the killing was senseless.

"See what you have taken away. He has six children. Six. It was uncalled for. You know, it has to stop, but all we want right now is to bring who ever did this to justice," said Lewis.

Candia Rhodes is the mother of one of Brandon's children. She says Brandon had the nickname of Smiley.

"He was just always happy. Didn't bother anybody. Had lots of friends, lots of brothers and sisters that loved him. Everybody loved Brandon," she said.

Rhodes says the vigil was held to keep Brandon's memory alive.

"I want him to know that he was loved and that we won't sleep, we won't stop until justice is served. Its in God's hands. You have to answer to God whether you get caught or not," she said.

UC Student Body President Lane Hart says Brandon's murder also sent chills through the UC campus just across the street.

"Anytime you see something like this unfolding before your eyes you're definitely going to be concerned,"  he said. "I live, you know, a block away from where that incident happened and I'm certainly concerned as well, but you know its not to say I'm not going to walk outside or walk down that street anymore. It's just that, you know, be aware of your surroundings and make sure you're not putting yourself in a dangerous situation."

Brandon's funeral is set for 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in Covington.

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