More than a hundred people turned out for a candlelight vigil at the Chazy Central Rural School for 13 year old Gary Cota.
"He was born and raised here this is home," said his aunt Rebecca LaFountain
They cried, hugged and comforted each other, as they remembered his smile and dimples, his sense of humor and for being a scholar and friend who was always there when you needed him.
"He was very caring and considerate of other people and he was always there to lend a hand when someone needed a help," said elementary librarian Karen Pepper
Gary Cota's family had recently moved down state to Fort Edward due to his dad's job. Police say Tuesday night - Cota and a 13 year old friend were playing with a shotgun inside the family home when it went off killing Cota. Investigators have ruled the shooting an accident.
"His favorite song is "I'm Sexy & You Know It" and every time I think of that song now I'm going to think of him. I think God must of wanted him because it was too boring up in heaven," said his aunt Pauline Barber.
Even though Cota moved two hours away he still made frequent trips to the region to visit family, friends and even attend school functions.
"Gary came to my house before one of the dances and I was doing my hair, my brother and him were downstairs so I asked them if any of them could crimp my hair because I couldn't reach my back. So he came and tried to do it. He actually did a really good job," said his friend Sarah Genier.
Cota loved sports. He wrestled, played football and baseball. People painted the number nine on their faces, his jersey number. His former catcher Tyler Hicks stopped by to remember his partner on the diamond.
"He just gave his courage, keep our heads up when we were losing, was there for us," he commented.
Police are still trying to figure out who was handling the gun at the time of the shooting.
Friday, March 7 2014 11:46 AM EST2014-03-07 16:46:45 GMT
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