WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Detectives are searching for the person involved in Wilmington's first homicide of the year.
According to authorities, 17-year-old Tyshawn Gause was shot in the 500 block of 8th Street around midnight Saturday.
Lakeitha Smith was surrounded by family and friends Monday, as they gathered to remember her son.
"He was my first born my only boy I have 3 girls and we all miss him and love him a lot," said Lakeitha. "I wish there was something I could do to turn time away."
Few clues were left at the crime scene to explain what happened, but neighbors were able to describe what they saw after the fatal shot.
Tahrike Shaw, who went to New Hanover High School with Gause, said he heard the gun shot and was surprised to see his friend clam, sitting along a wall clutching his face after being shot near the jaw.
"I was like, 'Wow!'" said Shaw. "He was sitting up good and everything. I didn't think this was going to happen or he was going to die."
Police said Gause was conscious and talking when he was taken to the hospital, but his condition worsened and he died just before noon Sunday.
"It hurts a lot, and I just wish the person who did this to him would turn themselves in," said Lakeitha.
Gause's funeral will be held Saturday at noon at the Mount Calvery Church in Wilmington.
Police are asking for help to find the shooter. If you have any information, leave a message for Detective A. Korwatch at 910-343-3600, or send an anonymous tip through Text-A-Tip. Text "Tip708" and your message to CRIMES (274637).