Dozens attend vigil for slain 22-year-old
The pain of losing a loved one showed on many faces at the vigil.
"He would have never thought anything like this would happened, but what I will say, he always tried his best every day," said Purcell's brother, Cornell Pearson.
Surveillance video showed Purcell's final moments. He was being dragged by a minivan through a snowbank the wrong way on Wisconsin Avenue before police said suspects in the van shot him.
"All he wanted was the best for everybody around him and if there's one thing we can continue to do, I just want to make sure we continue to share that light that he sparked us with," said Cornell Pearson.
He urged the crowed to remember Purcell's love.
"He loved everybody, there wasn't a bad bone in his body, there wasn't nothing wrong, so that's how we have to remember him," said Cornell Pearson.
Everyone was urged to share any information that might have to help police solve the shooting. Then the crowd released balloons crying out to Purcell.
"Everyone loved Purcy, he was just a lovable person," said friend Joshua Braverman.
He said the last few days have been hard to process.
"I never wanted to see him go, I never even expected this to happen to him," said Braverman.
Police have not made any arrests in the case so far.