The victims, 19-year-olds Harlee Deborski and Timothy Bailey, were remembered during the vigil at Desert Breeze Park in the western Las Vegas Valley.
Deborski and Bailey were both shot in the head at a home in northwest Las Vegas. The suspected shooter, 19-year-old Chance Underwood, was arrested Thursday on two murder charges. He is being held without bail at the Clark County Detention Center.
Before the vigil began, music played, lifting spirits as many people shared memories of the two fallen teens with each other.
Just before 9 p.m., Harlee’s father, Jason Deborski, thanked the roughly 100 people for coming to support the two teens.
“It means a lot to me to see how much love these boys had out here,” he said before the group lit candles and shared a moment of silence to honor the two teens.
After the moment of silence, about two dozen biodegradable balloons were released in their memory.
Trevor Goldman said Harlee and Tim were his younger sister’s friends, but he, too, became good friends with them six years ago and spent a lot of time with them.
The 21-year-old said the shooting suspect had been the two teens’ best friend, but that friendship ended. But, he said, no one could have seen the tragic shooting coming.
A previous version of this article incorrectly reported the date of the shooting.