STOCKTON -- Inside a Stockton park Thursday, dozens of people lit candles while holding balloons with the words "Rest In Peace Nic."
"I had to come up with a nickname for him, as I do with all the other kids here at the South Stockton Vikings. So I took it upon myself to put a little rhythm together and call him 'Young Slick Nic,'" said Daydan Carter.
Fourteen-year-old Nicholas Sihalath was known to his South Stockton Vikings football teammates as a leader with a passion for the sport.
"Nic had a small frame but a big heart," said Bernice Bass, president of the South Stockton Vikings.
The teen along with his friend, 15-year-old Advan Vang, were tragically shot and killed in Stockton over the weekend while out riding their bikes.
"I felt like it was my child. I felt like I lost a child," Bass said.
As the team mourned side by side with Nicholas' loved ones, they remembered his dedication to his coaches and teammates.
"Our team is not just a team, it's not just a bunch of kids coming together to play a sport," Bass said. "We became family."
His community has been spreading the message of unity while remembering the life of the Vikings player.
"We have to come together all over Stockton to respect our future," Carter said.
The team says they are going to retire Nicholas' jersey, No. 4.
Police have not released suspect information or a motive. If you have information contact the Stockton Police Department.