Family and friends hold vigil to remember Tipton teenager

1 year 4 months 3 weeks ago Tuesday, May 31 2016 May 31, 2016 Tuesday, May 31, 2016 9:28:00 PM CDT May 31, 2016 in News
By: Melissa Zygowicz, KOMU 8 Reporter
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TIPTON - Family and friends gathered outside at a local park Tuesday night to honor 18-year-old Robert Ashbaugh, who was shot and killed over the weekend.

Dozens of people gathered at Tipton City Park to remember Ashbaugh for who he was.

Ashbaugh was shot and killed over the weekend during what police call "horseplay."

Della Huff attends the church where Ashbaugh's father is a pastor and said everyone is still in shock.

"This is a terrible tragedy for us. Our church is completely torn to pieces and [his parents] are devastated," Huff said.

When asked about Ashbaugh's character, Huff could not help but smile.

"Well, he was a fine boy. A fine Christian boy and we're going to miss him. We have a lot of little kids in our church. We've got two or three children and they run the minute he comes in. I think it sometimes embarrassed him but he never pushes them away. He always had time for them," Huff said.

During the vigil, people gathered hands and prayed. People wrote messages on balloons, and at the end let them go into the sky. 

Those who attended also wore camouflage in honor of him.

Joshua Ashbaugh, Robert's uncle, spoke with KOMU 8 Monday and said he was well liked by everyone.

"He was well respected...he was looking forward to his senior year. He worked hard academically to make sure he was eligible for the upcoming track and field season. He was just a very talented young quarterback in the making," his uncle said.

Ashbaugh attended Calvary Lutheran High School in Jefferson City, and ran track and field for the school.

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