Family, friends and classmates came together to remember a popular La Vergne teenager killed in a shooting.
A vigil in honor of Yudjy Cherubin, 17, was held in the parking lot of La Vergne High School Friday evening. Cherubin was a junior at the school.
A crowd that included his family and classmates gathered to share stories and memories. Cherubin was remembered as someone who loved his family, his friends and the Lord.
“He taught me so many things,” said one student. “He taught me to cherish things. I love that man with everything I’ve got in me.”
“It’s just painful to see when someone real close to you is gone,” added another student. “It’s too much to bare.”
Cherubin was described by family members and neighbors as respectful and lovable. He excelled in school and was loved by many of his classmates.
Officials with the La Vergne Police Department said Cherubin was shot and killed Monday after being lured to a condo on George Buchanan Drive. He reportedly was responding to an advertisement on the app letgo about an iPhone for sale. His younger brother and sister were in the car when the shooting happened.
The brother reported to police that Cherubin had exchanged money for the phone when a teenager shot him in the driver seat.
Investigators arrested two 17-year-old boys linked to phone messages with Cherubin for his murder. Both are charged with first degree murder and tampering with evidence.
Counselors have been available at La Vergne High School ever since the shooting to help student who are grieving.
Tributes to Cherubin will continue throughout the weekend. A public viewing will be held Saturday, May 5 from 4-6 p.m. at Highland Hills Funeral Home and Crematory in Nashville. A visitation will be held Sunday, May 6 from 1-2 p.m. at Nashville First Seventh-Day Adventist Church. A celebration of life service will follow at 2 p.m. at the church.