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Vigil held for father killed in Hartford over the weekend

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Friends and family members remembered Jonathan Whaley on Tuesday. (WFSB) Friends and family members remembered Jonathan Whaley on Tuesday. (WFSB)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Family and friends remembered a father who died over the weekend after being shot and the fatal shooting comes on the heels of a violent weekend in Hartford. 

Jonathan Whaley, 34, was a father of seven children. As his family remembered him, police said they’re still looking for his killer. 

Adele Turner, who is the victim’s mother, said Whaley was "loving" and "funny."

"Everything a mother would want," Turner said. 

That is how Turner describes her son. 

"I really cant accept that he’s gone," Ishmeal Turner, who is the victim’s step father, said. 

Early Saturday morning on Elliott Street, Hartford police said Whaley was shot in front of this home. Investigators are still trying to figure out why.

"It was breathtaking. I didn't’ have any words," Ishmeal Turner said. 

The crowd of mourners chanted "love doesn't kill, hate kills." at a vigil for Whaley at the scene of his death on Tuesday night.

Family and friends of Whaley tried to find comfort from their grief. There were balloons with personal messages from each of his children. Some of them read "I love you." There was also a candle for each year whaley was alive.

"I'm just trying to be strong right now," Ishmeal Turner said. 

Whaley was just the latest homicide victim in what has been called a violent year in Hartford. There have already there has been 18 homicides when there were 19 all of last year.

On Monday, Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra met with Gov. Dannel Malloy to ask for additional funding for the shooting task force to stem the increase of violence.

On Wednesday, Segarra will fly to Washington DC along with Hartford’s police chief to attend a community policing forum at the White House on Thursday.

As Officials try to figure out ways to stop the violence, Whaley’s family said they're leaning on their faith to help them overcome their grief.

"With God’s strength one day at a time," Adele Turner said. 

Police say the investigation is still "ongoing" and anyone who has any information is encouraged to contact Hartford police. 

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