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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Friends, family and community members came together to remember the Northwest Guilford Middle School student who was shot and killed by his mother last Monday morning.

A candlelight service to honor 14-year-old Maurice Edmonds II took place at Oak Ridge Methodist Church on Sunday evening. About 150 people attended.

Police say Sandra Palmer shot and killed Edmonds in their home before taking her life. Officials say Palmer also shot her daughter and boyfriend, but they survived.

Edmonds did not go to United Methodist Church, but many of the 300 teens in their youth program go to Northwest Middle, the same school he went to.

John Newman is 13 and was good friends with Edmonds.

“He was always there when I needed him. Like one day I didn't have my lunch and he bought me lunch. He was a great guy,” Newman said.

Youth Pastor Jonathan Spangler is telling the heartbroken friends to find someone to talk to.

“There is hope in Christ and Christ says he will never leave us and that we can turn to Christ at times of trouble and times of need,” Spangler said.