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Bishop Timon-St. Jude community gathers to mourn death of student

Chris Caya

A high school student shot and killed early Saturday morning was remembered during a brief prayer service in South Buffalo this morning.

Students, faculty, staff, family and friends gathered outside Bishop Timon St. Jude Monday morning to pray and remember Paul Humphrey.

Humphrey, 17, died after he and a 15-year-old boy he was with were shot on Briscoe Avenue near Walden in Buffalo's Schiller Park neighborhood early Saturday. The other boy was treated at a hospital and released.

Humphrey, who had just completed his sophomore year, was a member of the South Buffalo school's football team. He was coached by Joe Licata. 

"I can't put into words what's going on in my head right now. This is tragic. Paul meant a lot to this school. He meant a lot to the other students. He meant a lot to the faculty and staff," Licata said.

Licata said says the team will be putting Humphrey's number two on their helmets and his initials on their jerseys.

"He's going to be with us," Licata said. "He will live on, on this team."

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Football coach Joe Licata said Paul Humphrey was "an awesome kid."

Licata said Humphrey's teammates are sad, angry and confused. He said when they met on Saturday night, he stressed that they need to be together in this difficult time. Their motto now, he said, is "2-gether," in honor of Humphrey's number.

School principal James Newton says grief counselors are available for students, faculty and staff as long as needed.

Police say the shooting remains under investigation.