Family remembers man shot, killed in Providence

Zachary Medina. (WJAR)

The family of a 19-year-old man who was shot and killed in Providence is speaking out.

"A smiling, good kid that didn't do nothing to nobody and he didn't deserve this.”

That’s how Ezequiel Medina described his nephew, Zachary Medina.

Both live in Newport, but were on Prairie Avenue in Providence visiting Ezequiel’s mother, who is also Zachary’s grandmother, during the weekend.

While outside the building early Saturday morning, Zachary was shot and killed. Another man, 26-year-old Darius Page, whose family lives next door to Medina's, was shot and wounded.

Police believe the gunman was targeting Page, or someone he thought Page was, saying Medina was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

"He was a friendly guy with everybody, never had no problems whatsoever with anybody," said Ezequiel Medina.

He said his nephew had left Rhode Island a while back to stay with family in the Dominican Republic and had just returned to Rhode Island a few months ago. Zachary had started working at a McDonald’s in Newport, he added.

The two were planning to sleep at their relative’s home in Providence Friday night, then return to Newport Saturday morning to go fishing, according to Ezequiel Medina.

"Makes me angry because I watch this on the news all the time, interviewing other people for the simple fact somebody got shot and it wasn't even meant for them," he said.

Providence police told NBC 10 they are following leads in the investigation.

Meanwhile, a motorcycle rider was shot and wounded by people shooting from a car on Cadillac Avenue Sunday evening.

Earlier that morning, shots were fired near Hope High School, where a Pee Wee Football game was being held. A fight between two people at the game spilled into the parking lot, and that’s when police say the shots rang out. No one was hit in that incident.

No arrests have been made in any of the shootings.


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