Friends, Family Hold Vigil For Murdered 20-Year-Old As Suspect Remains At Large

UPLAND ( —  Friends and family held a vigil Sunday evening for a 20-year-old Upland man who was fatally shot.

KCAL9’s Brittney Hopper was at the gathering where friends of Jay Mcmahan  — known to his friends as Jay Jay — also demanded justice.

His killer is still at large.

The emotional gathering was held at Memorial Skate Park in Upland.

The shooting took place in Ontario. He was walking with friends, around 4 a.m., when he was shot in the back on August 29. Mcmahan died on September 2.

Said one friend, “He was full of life, and loved by so many. This is a great tragedy and a great loss.”

Many chanted: “Justice For Jay.”

His sister, Courtney Marlow, is devastated.

“One of the hardest things we’ve had to go through. It’s very very hard and I wouldn’t wish this on anybody,” Marlow said.

Family says Mcmahan wanted to be a zoo keeper because of his passion for animals. They say he was the guy who would help anyone and be friends with anyone.

“He didn’t deserve this,” said a cousin.

“Who would shoot my brother?” said Marlow, “He was such a nice person. And everyone loves him. So I don’t see why someone would shoot him.”

She added, “He was such a lovable person. I want everyone to remember him as he was, happy, a free soul.”

Ontario Police say they are still investigating, including the possibility the shooting was accidental.

If you have any information you’re asked to call police immediately.

His family and friends set up a GoFundMe account to pay for his funeral expenses.



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