A deadly shooting in a rural New Hampshire neighborhood claimed the life of a 17-year-old from Lowell, Massachusetts.
The New Hampshire Attorney General's office is investigating the shooting, which occurred Wednesday night in Derry.
"I thought it was a sick joke," said Jocynia Frechette, who learned her friend, Cole Kinney, had been killed.
"Cole is like a brother to me, so it's really hard," said another friend, Jackie DeCastro.
Friends say Kinney would have been a senior at Greater Lowell Technical High School in the fall.
"His smile was just so contagious he would brighten up a room," DeCastro said, crying.
"He was a crazy kid doing something crazy all the time, just to put smiles on people's faces," Frechette said.
They say Kinney was with friends Wednesday night, but they don't know why he was in Derry.
"I heard there was a meetup and Cole was in wrong place at the wrong time," DeCastro said.
Curtis Lonergan lives on North Shore Road. He heard the gunshot and then people screaming, so he and his dad ran to help. But it was too late.
"I could tell he was severely injured and dead," Lonergan said.
Lonergan says police swarmed the area within minutes and launched a massive search for the suspects.
By Thursday morning, officials cleared the crime scene and said residents were safe.
"I can't imagine if it was my friends or someone I knew," Lonergan said. "I can't even imagine, it was awful to watch.
Kinney's classmates have already found a way to honor their friend, and they've spray painted their promise for everyone to see.
"It's like 'Cole's World' and we're just living it up for him now," Frechette said. "We're doing what he couldn't do because someone decided to take his life away."
Police are making it clear that while they've made no arrests yet in this case, there is no threat to the public. Authorities say this was not a random crime.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the New Hampshire State Police.