FORREST CITY, Ark. — A teenager was shot and killed Wednesday night in Forrest City, family members and witnesses said.

The family identified the victim as 17-year-old Damien Walker. Witnesses said he was shot while standing outside his car in the Dawson Homes housing complex before 9 p.m.

They said he ran about 25 or 30 feet, then fell. One person said she heard several gunshots.

Family members said Walker attended Forrest City High School, played football, and would have graduated next year.

A makeshift memorial marks the spot where he died and all day Thursday friends and family came to remember the teenager.

“To know him is to love him and to have him in your world is the greatest thing ever,” said Walker’s aunt Shari Lacy.

Police said they have persons of interest but they are unclear on the motive and no arrests have been made yet. 

Forrest City Police Chief Deon Lee said the 17-year-old’s violent death follows a disturbing trend of juvenile crime in Forrest City. He said his department can’t stop it alone.

“I’ve heard all my whole life “it takes a village to raise a kid”…I mean I need that village. I need more than just my officers and my men and women, on the force, to combat this problem.”

Forrest City Police are asking for the public’s help in solving Damien Walker’s murder. If you have any information, you are urged to call Crime Stoppers at (870)-261-1499.