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Man shot, killed just weeks before wedding; Suspect still at large

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- It was a call Cristal Bedolla will never forget.

Her brother, Miguel Ayala, killed at just 19 years old.

"That was my baby brother. He was supposed to get married next month," she said.

Friends said Ayala was riding in a truck near Isabell Street Saturday afternoon when someone in the back seat fired a gun.

"Gunshot went off. He said it was an accident. I didn't see. I was focused on the road," said Ayala's friend who was driving.

He didn't want to show his face for safety reasons. He said Ayala gasped for air as he drove his fried to Methodist North.

"Rushed him to the hospital and carried him in," he said.

Miguel died minutes later.

Meanwhile, the shooter reportedly grabbed the gun, jumped out of the backseat and took off.

No one has seen him since.

"For him to take his life and then cowardly run away without telling us sorry or anything is ridiculous," said Bedolla.

Police said they are investigating the case as a homicide but have released very little information, making it harder for this family to heal.

"He was supposed to be married and now all that. So instead of planning a wedding we're planning a funeral," said Bedolla.

If you can help, call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH.

If you'd like to help the family, you can donate at this GoFundMe page.