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North Side football team and family members honor the life of Theo Redmond after he was fatally shot

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FORT WAYNE Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) - It’s a time of mourning for the North Side Legend football family after star player Theo Redmond was shot and killed early Tuesday morning in Youngstown, Ohio. Wednesday night his teammates and family members came together at the Chamber’s Field to honor his life.  

“I’ve been crying so much earlier I didn’t even sleep,” Trevon Redmond, Theo’s brother, said. "I feel like it’s my legacy to live out his dream and hopefully be something that was greater than he was.” 

Early Tuesday morning Theo was fatally shot in Youngstown while he was there visiting their Dad. 

The three Redmond brothers all played football together at North Side and Theo was known as a star player. 

“He could just make himself stand out to everyone else,” Redmond said. 

His former teammates and loved ones gathered Wednesday for a balloon release in his memory. 

"When I looked up, it was like nothing, it was like, it's really true, something that you can't take back,” Redmond said. "That’s my brother and I love him.” 

Morgan Williams says he was a mentor to Theo. 

"He cared for everyone the same, he was the bloodline to this football program,” Williams said. “He was a younger brother to me, for the majority of the two years I knew him, he lived with me, so he’s family to my family.” 

He says he wants people to remember him as the kind, funny and loving person he was on and off the field. 

“It's beautiful to see everyone celebrate him, I wish he was here, but to see friends and family celebrate him I think he would like that,” Williams said.  

Redmond says he will be changing his football number to 9, which was Theo's number. 

“It's going to be emotional, putting the number on my back,” Redmond said. “Everything’s going to go back to him, he wearing the number that number means a lot to our family now and everyone around us.” 

Redmond tells me the North Side High School football team will be playing in Theo's honor on Friday night but he says, as his brother, he will be playing in Theo's legacy every time he’s on the field.  

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