PRICHARD, Ala. (WALA) - A nineteen-year-old murder victim was laid to rest Saturday, April 27.
Joseph Berryhill, Junior was buried more than a week after his body was discovered in a ditch in Prichard.
Police have arrested a juvenile suspect in connection with the crime, but family members believe others were also involved.
Family and friends gathered at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Prichard Saturday morning to bid a final goodbye to Berryhill.
The LeFlore senior was supposed to graduate this year. Shermaine Berryhill said his cousin planned to go into the military.
"Like they said at the funeral today, he passed his exam or whatever kind of test you take to go through that, and he passed it. That was a good thing for him to pass it and then had to come to this tragedy," Shermaine said.
Police said Berryhill had been dead two days when his body was discovered on April 18. He had been shot twice.
"I really just hate it. It's just really messed up," the cousin said.
Berryhill's father told FOX10 News witnesses saw his son at an abandoned house near the area where his body was found.
"It was two other guys with him," the father said.
On Friday, police arrested a 14-year-old in connection with the death.
Police said the victim and suspect were friends but family members don't believe the teen acted alone.
"I know he didn't react by hisself so I'm just hoping that they get the guys," Berryhill said.
After the funeral, a group of mourners gathered at Taylor Park for a "Repass" meal.
Shermaine Berryhill said it was the kind of gathering the family might have held to celebrate his cousin's graduation, instead they're remembering his life that ended too soon.
"We're just having a family day. He's going to be a missed child. We're just hoping these kids learn these guns and stuff ain't what's happening," the cousin said.
The juvenile charged with Berryhill's murder told police he acted in self defense, but investigators said the evidence does not match that claim.
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