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Friends hold vigil for Old Port shooting victim

WESTBROOK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Friends and family of 19-year-old Old Port shooting victim Trey Arsenault gathered Tuesday for a candlelight vigil in Westbrook. Some of the people were carrying guns on their hips.

The mood at the vigil, while solemn for most of the roughly 100 people, was also tense. Police stood nearby, reminding the gun carriers that although it's within their rights to bear arms, they need to be careful.

Zack Wescott said he has been best friends with Arsenault for the past 10 years.

"I balled my eyes out this morning at 8 a.m.," Westcott said.

He attended the vigil wearing Arsenault's t-shirt, which Arsenault left at his house one of the many times they hung out together. Wescott said Arsenault was funny, positive and a fierce competitor on the football field for Westbrook High School. He's shocked Arsenault is gone.

"You don't know if it's real, but reality check, it's real, and it hurts," Westcott said. "It's going to hurt his mom. It hurts my family as well. It hurts a ton of people, and it's so sad to see."

Arsenault was at Da Block Studios in the Old Port in Portland Monday night when he and another young man were shot. Arsenault died Tuesday morning at Maine Medical Center. Police have not made any arrests in the shooting, but said they do not believe it was a random attack. Some of Arsenault's friends said that within the last few months he was hanging out with a different group.

Everyone at the vigil said they want justice for Arsenault, but some friends stressed that nobody should try to get revenge, and they should let police do their job.


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