Kalamazoo FC to honor mass shooting victim Tyler Smith Saturday

Kalamazoo FC to honor mass shooting victim Tyler Smith Saturday

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - This weekend, the community will honor the youngest person killed in the Kalamazoo County shooting rampage, and they're using his passion for soccer to do it.

Tyler Smith lived to play soccer. Now in his death, the community is once again using the game to honor him and help others.

Saturday, Kalamazoo FC will play their final home game as a tribute to Tyler.

All the proceeds raised will go to the scholarship in his name.

Tyler was just 17 when he and his dad Rich were gunned down outside of Seelye Kia in February 2016.

Four others were also killed, while two more were critically injured.

This is the second time in less than a month that a soccer game will be used to pay tribute to Tyler Smith.

A tournament held in June also raised money in his honor.

Tyler's mom Laurie Smith tells us the games help her family get through the tough times.

"His face lit up when he was playing soccer," she said. "It is very important to our family that the bad that took them is not what's focused on."

Kalamazoo FC's game is at 4 p.m. Saturday, at Mayor's Riverfront Park.

It is open to everyone.

The money raised will go to the Tyler Smith Scholarship Fund.

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