The grief-stricken family of Chelmar Townsend has started a GoFundMe campaign to offset funeral costs for the 14-year-old Millville boy who was gunned down last Monday night as he ran from gunfire.

Chelmar's shooting happened around 10:20 pm July 10 in the area of City Park Drive in Millville. Officers arrived to find a 14-year-old boy suffering from gunshot wounds.

He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Townsend was the fourth teenager to be shot and killed in Cumberland County over the past month. Police say some kind of argument ensued with a group of young people when someone pulled out a gun.

Chelmar took off running but was shot in the back.

He is being remembered as a promising young student-athlete who had a bright future on the football field.

"I definitely heard people talking about him, and I wish you could've made it in high school ... to see what he could've become football-wise," Chellie Townsend, his older sibling told 6ABC.

The GoFundMe page, written by his aunt, remembers the boy the family loved so much.

Chel’mar Townsend, known as MarMar” was a 14 year old son, brother, cousin, friend and team player to many.
Marmar was doing what a normal teenager would do in the summer, just hanging out in the neighborhood park and sadly, it ended with him running for his life and being shot in his back. Once he arrived at the hospital, he was lifted up to our Heavenly Father.
A innocent beautiful baby soul taken way too soon. He was loved by many.
NO mother should have to lay a child to rest, especially due to a circumstance like this. This has been a horrific, terrible and tough time for everyone. Especially for his family and friends.
 A candlelight vigil is planned for July 26 at 6 p.m. at Lakeside Middle School in Millville, which MarMar graduated from in June. He hoped to play football in high school, his family said.
Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to call Millville Police Detective Emilio Santiago at 856-265-4596 or Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office Detective J. Brown at 856-332-9487.

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