Vigil held Monday for Mooresville teen

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MOORESVILLE, N.C. - Family and friends held a vigil for a teenager in Mooresville who was found dead in his home Friday. Police aren't releasing how Markell Norris died.

Monday, police told Eyewitness News Norris' autopsy report was back but they couldn't release any new information.

More than 250 came out to remember the teen known for making them laugh.

"He was just so silly, loving and caring," said Jasmine Mork.

Norris' nickname was Kellz. Everyone at the vigil wore red and black shirts, Norris' favorite colors, many of which had his picture on it.

A friend said he found Norris dead and it looked like he had been beaten to death.

Eyewitness News stopped by that house Monday night and spoke to Norris' cousin, who said he lived at that house,  too. He said he didn't hear anything out of the ordinary Friday morning.

A coach at Mooresville High School said Norris had a troubled past and spent most of his teenage years living on his own but still managed to stay in school. Even the house he was found dead in, he lived there with friends.

"With all the adversity that he faced, for him to still try to get an education and try to do what he had to do to become a man,  that speaks volumes. He was one of the only guys that I could say that through his good and bad he could still keep his head held high. " said Rakeem Brawley.

Police said they could release more information about the teen's death on Tuesday.

Norris' funeral is planned for Saturday at Freedom Church is Mooresville. A time has not been set.