GILROY, California (Diya TV) — Jackson Kavil, a 17-year-old Indian American known for his humor and big heart, was shot and killed on July 20 in Gilroy, California. He was rushed to Saint Louise Hospital in Gilroy, but despite immediate life support, he succumbed to his injuries, as reported by the Mercury News.

Kavil’s grieving relative, Jasmine Kavil, shared the heart-wrenching news on Facebook, saying, “It’s with the heaviest hearts, our family is gathered to share the sudden passing of our loved and youngest, Jackson Kavil.” She fondly remembered him as a comedian who spread smiles and kindness. The 18-year-old suspect, Edwin Sanchez, identified by the Gilroy Police Department, was apprehended on Friday and is now in custody at the Santa Clara County Jail without bail.

Jackson Kavil came from a close-knit family; his father, Sunny Kavil, owned a restaurant in Gilroy, and his mother, Rani, worked as a nurse. The Kavil family’s roots trace back to Kaipuzha in Kerala.

The shooting took place on the 2100 block of Columbine Court. As the community reels from this loss, a GoFundMe campaign has been initiated to honor his memory, garnering over $27,765 in donations so far.

The investigation is ongoing and the motive of the shooting remains unknown.