Murder victim memorialized with Fresno Police watching

FRESNO, Calif.

/*Justin Hesketh*/, 18, was shot and killed a little more than a week ago. His 16-year-old friend, /*Brandon Moore*/, was also gunned down.

Family and friends remember Hesketh as a loving person who was a good student and a great friend. Thursday's services focused on positive impact Justin made, but the violence that ended his life also cast a shadow over the memories.

"Have you seen that picture?" asked friend and neighbor Skye Miller. "Have you seen his smile?"

Justin Hesketh's senior photos are among the last he posed for. Gunned down the week before Christmas, the 18-year-old was buried Thursday at Belmont Memorial Park. At his memorial service, friends and family remembered Hesketh for his good looks and generous spirit. The pastor asked all those in attendance to help Justin's strengths live on.

"He talked about his personality and how we should all try and take a little bit of what Justin stood for in ourselves," Miller said.

Hesketh's family thanked everyone for the support they've gotten in the days since his death. They'll always have memories of him as kid who loved his hair, or as a young baseball player.

"I still remember in one of his T-ball games, he was running around in the outfield and he just was like chasing a butterfly one game and the next game he was looking under the bases for bugs," said his older sister, Shanna Hesketh.

As friends and family grieved, it was hard to ignore the police presence outside the church. Neighbors say they've seen strange cars driving onto the cul de sac where Hesketh lived, and police have kept an eye out for the family.

"We're hurt and we're angry," Miller said. "I've lived in this neighborhood for 20 years and look at this turnout. It's brought the whole neighborhood together. It's a beautiful thing, but that's not going to replace what's happened."

Hesketh finished his first semester at Fresno State earlier this month, but he died before he could get his grades. The brothers charged with his murder are due back in court next week.

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