PLAINFIELD, N.J. (CBS 2) — The search is on for the killer of a teenager from Plainfield, New Jersey. Family and friends say the 17-year-old was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The victim’s grief-stricken mother is now making a desperate plea to the public, reports CBS 2’s Christine Sloan.

Friends have been lighting candles for 17-year-old Spencer Cadogan, who was shot and killed in broad daylight. His mother is making a passionate plea to find his killer.

“If you saw anything, if there are any witnesses out there, if you would please come and help us to bring my son’s killer to justice, please, so that family can bring closure to this and we can just move on,” Sarah Cadogan said.

Plenty of people saw the gunman who, they say, fired shots as kids got out of school.

“The guy came from this way, the guy had a .357,” one witness said.

Witnesses and friends say Cadogan was an innocent bystander.

“He had nothing to do with nothing, he was minding his own business,” another witness said.

“I heard two shots. Everybody was trying to hold me back,” said another witness, one of Spencer’s friends. “I had just seen my best friend laying there with a hole in his head.”

Cadogan’s mother said she tried to raise her son with values, but it just wasn’t enough for the violent streets of Plainfield.

“He was in choir, he was an usher, a scout,” Sarah Cadogan said.

Sarah said her son, a senior at Plainfield High School, wanted to join the Marines. Despite her pain, she forgives the person who murdered him.

“I even pray for that person,” she said. “There’s nothing I can do. The reality is my son is gone, and no matter what happens, I can’t bring him back.”

The one thing Sarah Cadogan and other friends and family members, who tied balloons at the crime scene, say they’ll remember about Spencer was his huge smile.

Spencer Cadogan leaves behind his parents and three sisters. His mother said they have not yet made funeral arrangements.

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