Nearly 30 mourners gathered on a crisply cold starlit Sunday night in Springtown to remember their beloved Kenneth Robert Ogden, who was found shot to death on the edge of a golf course green.
The candlelight vigil was mostly quiet, punctuated by the anguished moans and sobs of Odgen's mother, Rachael Supnet, who knelt on the sidewalk before a row of candles, roses and pictures of her son. He was 28.
The group said a prayer before releasing a bouquet of white and red balloons into the dark sky to the backdrop of a gold rising moon.
"He was a sweet kid," said Ogden's aunt, Lisa Keller of Brentwood, as she watched Ogden's 2-year-old son color on a picture collage. "He was very humble and quiet and respectful."
She addressed rumors of gang involvement, saying she never saw any evidence of that.
"He made some wrong choices," Keller said. "But I've never seen a hard side. He always said, 'I love yous.' "
Services haven't yet been announced, the family said, but donations to help with expenses are being accepted at Chase bank branches in Rachael Supnet's name.
Ogden was preceded in death by his father, who died nine years ago, Keller said. He is survived by Supnet, his son, Kenneth Robert Jr., his grandmother and two younger brothers.