Family mourns teens death, looks back on memories

By Jillian Marshall

July 7, 2014 Updated Jul 8, 2014 at 9:28 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Scott Wright Jr., 19, of Binghamton, was fatally shot in the abdomen Friday night. Those who knew him best say he was at the wrong place at the wrong time, and that this tragedy will weigh on their hearts forever.

Wright died at approximately 3:58 Monday morning in Wilson Hospital due to his injuries from a gun shot wound. Binghamton Police said Wright was shot in the abdomen at approximately 11 p.m. Friday by Andre Lee, 21, of Binghamton.

The unexpected death has rattled the family, which said he was a loving family member, an all-star athlete and had a bright future ahead of him.

Scotty, as the family called him, played for the Binghamton High School football team and wore the number four proudly.

Wright graduated from Binghamton High School on June 29 and was expected to attend SUNY Broome then University of Delaware.

Scotty's aunt said the family should be planning his graduation party, not his funeral.

"It's just very emotional right now and he's just going to be so missed, by everyone: high school principals, teachers, everybody is going to miss him, family and it's so unreal right now that he's gone," said Esther Garcia, Scotty's aunt. "You know, everyone is gathered here for him, but he should be here with us."

Cars lined up and down his families' street Monday morning to grieve the unexpected loss of someone they say had a bright and exciting future ahead.

"He was just one to always make you laugh. He was very good at sports. No matter what he did, if he picked up a golf club, I'm sure he would be doing great at that," said Scotty's cousin Ashlie Yoder.

The family has sent up a memorial fund in Scotty's name. They said since his death was unexpected and tragic, they have no money saved for a funeral or burial.

The "Scott Wright Jr. Memorial Fund" is set up at Visions Federal Credit Unions. The family said if people wish to contribute, to just go to any Visions and say the fund name.

Lee has been charged with murder in the second degree. He is currently in the Broome County Jail.