SHARON, Pa. (WKBN) – A 23-year-old man is dead and now a family is trying to come to terms with the loss.
Jaylen “Bubby” West was shot during a disagreement at a birthday party over the weekend in Sharon. On Tuesday night, dozens of people gathered outside the apartment of West’s mother to remember him with a candlelight vigil.
“He loved his family. He loved his son. He was just a happy person,” West’s uncle, DeMarco Wilder, said.
The main suspect in the Saturday morning shooting is Michael Bagnall, 31. He led police on a manhunt from western Pennsylvania to northeast Ohio and was caught in Pittsburgh just after 10 p.m. Monday night.
“The public was a huge, huge help in this,” Sharon Police Chief Gerald Smith said.
“This did no have to happen. We have to stop killing each other,” one of the attendees said.
Pictures at the vigil showed what many people remember Bubby for.
“He had the brightest smile that there ever was. He was one to lighten up the party,” his cousin, Roxanne West Rain said.
“He was just a good person at heart and did not want to hurt anybody,” Tyler Matthews said.
As the candles flickered at the vigil, Sharon police officers were there to show the family their support.
“We support them in their time of grieving. It is unfortunate anytime anybody loses their lives. Basically, the violence needs to stop,” Smith said.
The family said they will do whatever it takes to make sure Bubby’s death is not in vain.
“What we want to do as a family is we need to bring awareness, prevention, and I am praying that we will have some type of gun turn-in program,” West Rain said.
The family has set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for funeral expenses. It is called Funeral Fund for Bubby West.
Bagnall will have a preliminary hearing next Friday in Mercer County District Court in Sharon.