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The mother of a Sacramento a 16-year-old boy, who was shot and killed Saturday morning, is begging for witnesses to come forward.

Isaiah Diaz was shot and killed around 1:30 a.m. on 17th Avenue in Sacramento, in front of his grandmother's house, according to family.

"He just wanted to graduate high school and get a good job and do right," Jacque Andersen, Diaz's mother, told FOX40.

Victim Isaiah Diaz, 16 pictured with his niece.

Isaiah Diaz, 16, was shot and killed in front of his grandmother's house in Sacramento. In this photo, Diaz is pictured with his niece.

Now, Diaz will now never get a chance to accomplish those goals for reasons Andersen still can't understand.

"Never been in trouble with the law, he was just a good kid, and he lost his life for nothing and if anybody knows anything they need to come forward with information," Andersen said.

The Sacramento Police Department said it desperately needs tips from witnesses.

"No arrests have been made, no suspect information but we're asking for the public to come forward," said Officer Traci Trapani, a department spokesperson.

What police do know is Diaz was in front of his grandmother's home early Saturday morning when the shots rang out, and he was hit by the gunfire. His sister, Rayanna Diaz, said several friends were with him at the time, but Diaz doesn't believe her brother was the intended target.

"No, it was not meant for him at all," Rayanna Diaz told FOX40.

His family said friends took Diaz to a medical clinic where paramedics picked him up and got him to an emergency room.

"He was transported to UC Davis for his injuries where he later succumbed to his gunshot wounds," Trapani said.

"He was only a 16-year-old kid, and he was a good kid, he wasn't a bad kid, he wasn't in gangs," Andersen said.

While his mother stresses Diaz himself was not a gang member, Sacramento police said they have not ruled out the possibility who ever fired the shots is.

Diaz's family said he had plans to graduate high school and attend college. The family has set up a GoFundMe account to help with funeral expenses.

"I just love my son, I'm going to miss him and I just want someone to come forward please," Anderson said.

Sacramento police encourage witnesses to call crime alert at (916)443-HELP (4357). Anyone with information may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Callers can remain anonymous.