Family And Friends Remember The Life Of 17-Year Old Traylynn

  • 9/8/2019 11:56:59 AM
  • Ingrid Schmidt
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH- A week after being tragically shot and killed in an alleyway off of Third Street, the family of 17-year old Traylynn Smith Gathered to remember his life.

His older brother Qurtevin Smith, said that Traylynn was a motivated young man with a positive outlook on life.  After moving to Marion to live with his Aunt, Traylynn was looking forward to starting over and joining the Marion football team.

"He didn't want to sell drugs or anything like that.  He just had a positive mind," Qurtevin said. "He was playing basketball... but he got a chance to go up to Marion with my Auntie and see his other cousin up there playing football, and that just gave him a whole new mindset, a whole new picture, so he started wanting to play football."

The family is currently raising money for Traylynn's funeral through a GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/f/please-help-us-lay-tray-to-rest

"The GoFundMe will be linked to the funeral home.  It's not linked to anyone's account... and all the donations are going straight to the funeral home," Traylynn's Aunt, Aundrea Keith said.

As of Sunday morning, the GoFundMe has raised $975 of their $8,000 goal.

"This is just wrong, and anybody who wants to help him, just know that you're helping the right person.  This is not a kid that wanted to carry guns, or a kid that didn't care for his mom, this is a kid that did everything in his power to be successful, and he had a dream," Qurtevin said.

Despite the tragic loss, Qurtevin said that he is trying to stay positive so that Traylynn's legacy of strength, caring, and positivity will live on.

"Just know that he was an awesome kid.  He wasn't no kid trying to be in any gang violence, he wasn't no kid that wanted to carry guns or anything like that.  This was a good kid. Somebody took a great person's life. He looked after his family like it was a job, he was a real great kid," Qurtevin said.

The Mansfield Police Department is continuing to investigate the shooting.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Terry Butler at 419-755-9791 or the Major Crimes Unit at 419-755-9724.

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