ELIZABETH, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A memorial service was held Friday night for a high school soccer player who was shot and killed in New Jersey.
Grieving family and friends attended the service at the Las Rosas Bannworth Funeral Home in Elizabeth for 17-year-old Paul Baez.READ MORE: Overnight Gun Violence: 3 Men Shot In Queens, Innocent Woman Shot In Brooklyn, NYPD Says
Paul was shot and killed Monday on Fulton Street in Elizabeth. Police say the teen was going to a relative’s house for dinner when shots were fired.
Paul was a high school senior and wanted to be a professional soccer player.READ MORE: Suffolk Police: Ganessa Gordon, 18, Reported Missing In Brentwood
“There’s not words to express how the community loved Paul. Paul is a friend. Paul is a teammate,” said Merlín Villagomez, Paul’s coach.
“He was always there to push us, all the time. Just his energy overall. He always brought light to our team,” one friend said.MORE NEWS: 'Best Small Cities In America': New Jersey Communities Make Top 25
It’s not clear if Paul was targeted or an innocent bystander. No arrests have been made.