STOCKTON -- Family and friends of 32-year-old Stockton shooting victim Tommy Smith gathered for a candlelight vigil on the same day his accused killer, 36-year-old Lewis Dozier, was arrested and charged with homicide.
"No matter how much pain he was in, no matter how down he was, he was always smiling. And he always made everyone else smile no matter what. When he walked in the room it was like a candle lit," Smith's niece Alynna Smith said.
The San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office found Tommy Smith in the 2800 block of North E Street at 11:52 Saturday night. They say they administered CPR, along with medics, but Tommy Smith died on scene. Detectives say they worked tirelessly to develop leads and arrested Dozier early Wednesday morning. Dozier was charged with homicide as well as being a felon in possession of a firearm. He is currently behind bars at the San Joaquin County Jail without bail.
Tommy Smith's brother, Steven Hunger told FOX40 that Tommy Smith knew his accused killer.
"I mean, we all had a past, so. But I seen him in some cliques and I guess he got upset with my brother and planned on shooting him in the leg, didn't plan on killing him, but he still killed him. But no matter what faults you have, that don't matter. You don't deserve this," Hunger said.
Family members described Tommy Smith as a big goofball who would sing funny songs, crack jokes and spend time with his younger nieces and nephews.
His sister was inconsolable.
"You make sure people know he was a good guy. He was a good guy, okay. It just makes me so mad," she said.
However, she did find some comfort in learning that despite the fact the someone who knew her brother allegedly killed him, two young brothers who lived on the same street but didn't know Tommy Smith ran outside Saturday night and tried to keep him alive.
"I want to know where the kids are who tried to save him, who spent time with him before he passed. I wanna see those kids. Excuse me," she said.
Twenty-three-year-old Ignacio Geronimo and his brother, 20-year-old Jesus told FOX40 they heard the shooting and shortly after, heard Smith crying out into the dark for help. They say they ran outside and found him laying on the ground, bleeding profusely from his leg. Ignacio said he tried to find the right spot to apply pressure to the gunshot wound while his brother held up a light, but they soon realized the wound was too big and there was nothing they could do.
"I didn't want to hurt him anymore. I tried to keep him up as much as I could but ... he said 'help, help'. And then a short time later, he started falling to sleep. And then a short time after that police came and started applying CPR," Ignacio said.
"We tried to save his life but it wasn't enough," Jesus said.