A vigil was held in Anacostia Sunday evening to honor the youth who was fatally shot there Thursday.

Kevin Anthony Jackson II, 17, of Southeast was killed in the 1900 block of 16th Street SE.

“There was promise in him,” said Troy Prestwood, an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner in the Anacostia area. “People liked him.” His family and friends “wanted to honor this young man whose life was snuffed out by senseless violence,” Prestwood said.

He was a student at Anacostia High School, and “I’m sure he was thinking about his future,” Prestwood said.

Why he was killed “we don’t know yet,” Prestwood added. But he said police were making a vigorous effort “to find out what happened.”