The community is learning more about one of the three young men murdered in Anchorage recently. Police are continuing to interview witnesses and look at surveillance video, trying to find his killer and those of the other men who died.

On Sunday morning, the body of 17-year-old Xeryus Tate was found in the street near Fourth Avenue and Newell Street, off Boniface Parkway. Witnesses reported hearing several gunshots moments before.

Tate, known as “Iggy,” was just days away from moving to Washington state to be with his mom and sisters.

“He was supposed to come back home, he was due to come back home, he almost made it,” said his mother, Aleaka Tate.

Xeryus Tate was planning to finish his senior year in high school in Washington after attending Bartlett High School in Anchorage. His mother said she asked him to move because she wanted him to be in a better environment.

“He was going to come here to play football,” she said. “We talked about the colleges he wanted to go to, and he was looking forward to going to college.”

She said he didn’t deserve to die and wants him to be remembered for who he was.

“He wasn’t a thug, he wasn’t in a gang, he didn’t sell drugs, and he wasn’t in a gang,” his mother said. “He was a good kid, he never had problems with anyone, had the most beautiful smile — people person.”

Xeryus Tate’s family has set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for funeral expenses.

No arrests have been made, but the shooting does not appear to be random, according to Anchorage police.

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