11-year-old boy shot dead identified; mourned for loved ones

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) – Family and friends gathered Saturday to remember an 11-year-old boy who was shot and killed on Friday as Philadelphia police continue to search for the shooter.

Police say 11-year-old Harley Belance, who was shot and killed in the Oxford Circle section of the city, was riding a scooter with a friend.

On Saturday, dozens of people gathered at the scene and balloons were launched in his memory.

Among the crowd was Suzanne Hatcher, who says Harley was her son’s best friend.

“We are numb. We are numb. Too young. It’s a baby. It should never have happened,” Hatcher said.

Police say Harley and a 14-year-old friend were riding a scooter in the 1500 block of McKinley Street on Friday, shortly before 7:00 p.m., when the shots were fired.

Harley was shot in the neck and died, authorities said.

His friend was shot in the arm and ankle and is stable.

Authorities say a man was seen shooting from the 1400 block of McKinley Street.

At the vigil, people called for the rampant gun violence to stop.

“When it happens, guess who’s left to clean up the mess? The women of our community. So for every young man here, I want him to sit down and take a good look at his life,” said Terence Harrell, who runs the social media account @nogunzone dedicated to highlighting the number of victims of gun violence in Philadelphia.

Harley was described as a vibrant young man who loved to hang out with his friends.

Action News spoke with a family friend who did not want to be identified.

“His personality has always been so open and bright. And to see him like this, to hear this news, is crazy. My heart is broken,” he said.

Police say it is unclear if Harley and his friend were the intended targets of this shooting.

So far, no arrests have been made.

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