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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Emotions running high outside of Providence Career & Technical Academy Thursday afternoon, as loved ones of the teen gunned down one year ago today gather to remember him.

Family and friends of 15-year-old Williams Parsons gathered outside of his school where he was shot and killed, reflecting on the memories they had with him.

Friend of Parsons, Jahzia Rodriguez, tells ABC6 News she thinks often about what his life could have been.

"His laugh, his smile … he was always going to make it out of here and he's not going to be one of these people that's going to be on the streets. He's going to be different and now he'll never get the chance to be different because somebody wants to go ahead and use a gun” she says.”

Police say Parsons was an innocent bystander when he was struck and killed by a stray bullet outside of school.

The shooter, 17-year-old Joel Loarca, plead guilty and was sentenced to life in prison for killing Parsons last week.

However, Parsons family still wants to see a change.

They are hoping that Thursday’s memorial will help inspire young people in the community to work with non-violence organizations.

WLNE-TV / ABC6 2019