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Family mourns teen killed from July 4th shooting

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - 

 A teen from South Bend is dead after being shot on the Fourth of July.

15-year-old Abdul Cross was visiting family in Indianapolis when the shooting happened.

Abdul went to Riley High School, where he would have been a sophomore in the fall.

He was well known for playing sports, his family calling him a football star. They said, Abdul had a bright future that was taken away too soon.

“I never thought I would have woken up to that phone call,” said Aaron Cross, Abdul’s father. The phone call came in just after 8 a.m. Wednesday, telling Aaron what he now repeats in disbelief, “My boy is gone.”

Now the family is grieving, remembering what they lost.

Aaron says some of his favorite memories with Abdul were on the football field. Abdul would come off the field during his games and tell Aaron his plan for the next play.

“He would tell his dad, ‘Dad did you see that, did you see what I did to him?’” said Lindsay Reasor, Abdul’s stepmom.  “And now he’ll never get a chance to have anything. They took his life.”

The family says it’s still hard to take in that he’s gone.

Abdul was close with his family, and had several friends.

“He had so many friends. He was so outgoing. Everybody loved him,” said Reasor.

She says he was the role model for his younger brothers.

“My babies don’t get their brother anymore,” she said.

Now the family is waiting for answers to what happened the morning of that shooting.

An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.

There will also be a vigil for Abdul at Riley High School on Thursday at 5 p.m.

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