Fort Worth

Vigil held for teen fatally shot riding bike on Fort Worth street

Chaz Gilley, 18, was riding a bicycle back from a Wal-Mart on Friday afternoon in broad daylight when he was fatally shot, his father said Monday.

“It’s still an open investigation, so I don’t want to say too much about what happened,” David Gilley said Monday in an interview with the Star-Telegram.

Homicide detectives did not release any details or motive for the killing on East Berry Street.

Chaz Gilley had attended Mansfield Lake Ridge High School and had been working at Goodwill in Fort Worth, David Gilley said. He had just moved in with his mother in Fort Worth in the East Berry Street area within the last few weeks, his father said Monday.

“He may not have known very many people in Fort Worth, but he knew quite a few in Mansfield,” his father said. “He loved to hang out at Rose Park in Mansfield.”

Monday evening, friends and relatives gathered at Katherine Rose Memorial Park in Mansfield to release balloons, have a candlelight vigil and comfort each other. Chaz Gilley’s loved ones spoke of his sense of humor and love of life.

“The people that did this took an amazing young man from us,” said his mother, Chesala Gilley. “The world is much darker without him.”

Chesala told the group of loved ones that Chaz “would want us to celebrate his life.”

“He would want us to live good lives, and to be good to each other,” she said.

Olivia Miller, Chaz’s former neighbor and baby sitter, said Chaz was “always really nice and caring. … He was a great person.”

The funeral service is pending.

“Please hold your children tight,” David Gilley posted during the weekend on his Facebook page. “And tell them how much you love them every chance you can.”

The teenager died Saturday from multiple gunshot wounds in his torso and extremities, according to a Monday ruling by the medical examiner’s office. He died in the operating room at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth almost 24 hours after the shooting, police said.

His death was ruled a homicide.

The shooting call came in shortly after 4:30 p.m. Friday at 2350 E. Berry St. Paramedics who responded found Gilley at a neighborhood fire station, where a motorist had taken him.

Staff writer Mark David Smith contibuted to this report.

Domingo Ramirez Jr.: 817-390-7763, @mingoramirezjr