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RICHMOND, Va. --- A candlelight vigil is scheduled for a teenager gunned down in a Richmond shooting.

The Group United Communities Against Crime will remember Christian Singleton at 4 p.m. Sunday, in the 4000 block of Decatur Street.

That's the spot where officers found the 15-year-old and his best friend, 16-year-old Ketron Wells, shot to death Wednesday night.

Mourners are asked to bring candles and white balloons to the event.

Richmond Police have not announced any arrests in the case.

There have been 33 shooting deaths in the city of Richmond so far in 2017, and four of these fatalities were teenagers – two double homicides, each within ten weeks of the other.

“This is the second time this year that two teens, children, have been shot and killed together; last March in Mosby Court and now this,” said RPD Chief Alfred Durham. “It is hard to imagine the pain their families are experiencing.”

(L to R) Christian Singleton and Ketron Wells

Both Singleton and Wells were students in the Richmond Public School System. Wells attended Armstrong High School and Singleton was attending the Richmond Alternative School.

There are still no answers to who killed two other Richmond high school students in Mosby Court, in late March. 

Taliek K. Brown, 15, of the 400 block of East Brookland Park Boulevard, was pronounced dead after being removed from life-support. Mikkaisha D. Smoot, 16, of the 2100 block of Deforrest Street, was also pronounced dead after being removed from life-support.

Tyliek Brown, age 15, and Mykaisha Smoot, age 16,

An adult woman was also found with an apparent gunshot wound in this shooting. Her wound was not considered life-threatening. Officials previously indicated that the adult was taking out her trash when she was struck in the crossfire.

Police don't believe the teens were the intended targets, but they are still asking for help from the community to solve the case.

Anyone with information about these homicides is asked to call Major Crimes Detective J. Fultz at (804) 646-3929 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or at

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