CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. – A candlelight vigil has been set for Thursday night for a slain Clayton County high school football player.

Cedric Clark was found dead from a gunshot wound near the side of a home near Charles Drew High School around 8 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Family members told 11Alive's Blayne Alexander that Clark, 17, had been walking with another friend in the Eagles Crossings Subdivision Tuesday night.

According to family, the teen lived in a nearby neighborhood and they believe he was trying to get home when a car pulled up and someone began shooting.

Cedric and his friend split up and ran. As he tried to duck between houses, Cedric was shot, the friend told family.

His body was discovered by a homeowner early Wednesday morning.

The vigil will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Place at Garden Walk Apartments in College Park.

Clark played football for the Drew High School steam, and his family said he had a bright future. He dreamed of playing college football.

Family members say Clark was wasn’t affiliated with any gangs, and police said he had no previous record.

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