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Family And Friends Mourn The Death Of Community Leader

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By Tim Jimenez

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Dozens gathered outside of Gregory Scott’s home for a vigil Thursday night, less than 24 hours after he was gunned down (see related story).

It was a solemn gathering for those Scott touched in some way. He was a drill master with the Goldcoast Buccaneers community group.

Brenda Daniels, a fellow Buccaneer, says Scott knew his mission and gave it his all:

“He didn’t want them to fall subject to the streets, to the drugs, to the mayhem. He wanted to save our kids,” she said. “This is one that’s not supposed to be in the books. We loved him, but God loved him best.”

Also on hand, paying her respects, was Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell:

“He was trying to be about saving his community and having young people and families involved and doing great things for the community. So this is a big, big tragedy,” Blackwell said.

Many said Scott influenced others to be role models much like he was. One of them was Tony Mercer, a retired city firefighter:

“He did not want me to get out there and act a fool but to be with him to show love to the kids and show them that we could be better examples for them and role models for them,” he said.

A lot of sadness filled the air, but many said they’ll carry on Scott’s work. One woman said if you want to be like him, be positive. Another man talked about becoming a Philadelphia firefighter because of Scott’s influence.

Many in the community will gather again for another vigil on Saturday.