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'He was full of laughter': Mom mourns son killed in Seattle's Central District

Seattle police will increase patrols throughout the Central District following Friday's deadly shootout.

SEATTLE — Balloons filled the corner Saturday night where 19-year-old Royale Lexing was shot and killed the Central District Friday afternoon.

Dozens of people stopped to pay their respects for Lexing at a vigil planned by family and friends. 

"He was a good kid. He was full of laughter. He was a jokester," said Laura Walker, Lexing's mother. 

Walker spoke for a few moments, wiping away tears to share the memories of her son. 

"Everyone loved him and it's sad because I'll never see him again. I'll never get to hear his voice," she said. 

By the end of the vigil, police had not released any motive for the shooting and were still searching for the shooter. 

Investigators worked through the night and day sorting through surveillance video and talking with witnesses. Seattle Police promise extra gang emphasis patrols will continue throughout the area.

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Roxane Geller works nearby and heard the shots, she didn’t witness the incident but said the aftermath was chilling.  

“To experience someone's life being taken away in a second it really hits you in the heart,” she explained.

Several neighbors said they’re frustrated with the violence.  One man didn’t want to go on camera but said he and his friends are ready to move.

Geller works nearby and brought her sons with her as she added to the growing memorial.  “I feel like violence happens and the place gets cleaned up and it's business as usual but when you have something like a little memorial you think about it a little more,” Geller explained.

She hopes the flowers remind people about the life that was lost and what's at stake for this community going forward. 

Homicide detectives are looking for any suspect description. The Gang Unit is also helping with the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call 206-233-5000.

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