Troy shooting victim’s family mourns his death as police search for the suspect

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TROY, N.Y. – As the memorial for 17-year-old Phillip McMillan grows, so do the family's questions about why he was shot Tuesday night on 9th street in Troy.

Phillip McMillan died Wednesday afternoon at Albany Medical Center.

McMillan's brother, Miguel John, visited the scene and memorial for the first time Wednesday evening.

John, still in shock over the loss of his brother, says the bond they shared was deep. John says it was like they were twins, making the loss even harder to bear.

McMillan was found lying on the sidewalk Tuesday night with a gun shot wound to his head.

Police are still searching for a suspect, or suspects, likely connected to a sedan with front end damage, after it struck several parked cars while fleeing from the scene.

Police took two people into custody on Wednesday thought to be involved with the shooting, but they have since been released on this case as of Thursday afternoon. One person remains in custody on charges unrelated to this case. No other arrests have been made.

Pastor Willie Bacote of the Missing Link Street Ministry Mission was brought to tears talking about the violence.

Bacote says he hopes to grow his gun buy-back program in the city of Troy, as well as spread the message of the need to end the violence.

Bacote will be leading a march against violence on Friday in Troy. The march begins at School 2 at noon, and will end at the scene of the shooting.

Funeral arrangements will be held on Saturday at the Bethel Baptist Church, 2165 5th Ave, in Troy. The wake is from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The funeral begins at 11:00 a.m. 

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