Friends, family remember boy killed in SE Wichita accidental shooting

WICHITA, Kan. Friends and family gathered Friday night to remember 9-year-old Royale Spencer. The boy died from his injuries in an accidental shooting Monday at a home in southeast Wichita.

At Friday night's vigil, Spencer's family shared stories, hugs and tears as they're still trying to make sense of what happened Monday morning.

More than 100 people gathered Monday.

"Royale had an infectious laughter and smile," Spencer's great uncle, Keith Spencer said. "He definitely cared about people. So the outpouring of support doesn't surprise me because it's a reflection of who Royale was, the love he had for others."

Those gathered Friday night prayed for Spencer's family, as well as his 11-year-old friend police say handled a gun when it went off, striking Spencer.

"It's not just our family that's hurting," Spencer's aunt, Helen Reed said. "I believe that the other child's family is hurting too. So when we are asking for prayers, we're not just asking for ourselves. We're asking for prayers for them as well."

Friends and family gathered Friday say they're looking ahead and focusing on healing together.