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UPDATE: Family of teen shooting victim honors his memory one year later

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -

Theresa Provens says she is still coping with her son's murder like any parent would.

“It’s hard for us all. Sometimes I’m alright, sometimes I’m not. But by the grace of god, I try to stand strong,” says Provens.

Last April,16-year-old Kentrell was shot to death while walking down North Germantown Road with his friend.

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One year later, family and friends gather at the spot where the Brainerd student lost his life. They released balloons in his memory.

Provens says releasing the balloon was like releasing pressure.

“It feels like he is there, like his spirit is there. It felt like I needed to do this,” says Provens.

She says her son had a free spirit.

“He just like to be around everybody. He’s constantly visiting, and walking,” says Provens.

She says he knew he was about to die.

“He made a tape. He made a CD, and on the CD it said: "I see death coming on its way, but I look death right in its face,” says Provens.

Kentrell's killer or killers are still on the streets. His mother believes the streets know who took her son.

“We got to live with it; they got to live with it. You can run; you can hide, but that spirit is going to find you,” says Provens.

She says one thing the mean streets of Chattanooga didn't take though was her son's legacy.

Kentrell's nephew, seven-year-old Zay wears a tie every day to school since losing his uncle.

“Let them know it's a better generation out there. We just got to come together as a people and do better for our kids,” says Provens.

Chattanooga police say they are still pursuing leads. If you know the person or persons who are responsible, give police a call at 423-698-2525.  

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