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Hundreds hold vigil for Mesa victim of Orlando shooting

A candlelight vigil was held in Mesa in honor of the 19-year-old who was killed in the Orlando massacre. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) A candlelight vigil was held in Mesa in honor of the 19-year-old who was killed in the Orlando massacre. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
Jason Josaphat was one of the youngest victims in the Orlando massacre. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Jason Josaphat was one of the youngest victims in the Orlando massacre. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
Jason Josaphat was only 19-years-old. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Jason Josaphat was only 19-years-old. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
(Source: KPHO/KTVK) (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
GLENDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Hundreds of people took part in a candlelight vigil Wednesday in honor of a Mesa teen who was one of the youngest victims of the Orlando shooting attack.

Classmates, friends, and family gathered at a park just north of Skyline High School, where Jason Josaphat graduated in 2014. 

[READ MORE: Man killed in Orlando nightclub shooting graduated from Skyline High School in Mesa]

One by one, speakers shared memories of the 19-year-old, whom many described as a "wonderful kid" with a contagious smile who cartwheeled his way through life.

"I want everyone here to try to live like Jason did. With love and not try to hate each other and have drama. Because out here, we're all that we have. And when we're gone, there's nothing more that we can say," said close friend Alexis Shaffer-Lopez.

Josaphat was a member of Skyline's cheer team and hip-hop dance club. He moved to Orlando for college, and was set to graduate in just four months, friends said.

"The way we win is by moving forward, and keeping Jason in our hearts," one speaker said.

Josaphat posted Snapchats of himself having a good time with friends at Pulse on Saturday night, a close friend said earlier this week.

"Unfortunately, he was one of the hostages inside the bathroom. It just hurt me when I found that out. I can only imagine what he was going through," Messiah McMillian said Monday.

GoFundMe page has also been set up to help cover funeral costs. As of Wednesday night, it had raised more than $8,300.

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