EXCLUSIVE: Shooting victim's family speaks out about his death

TYLER (KYTX) - A day after 23-year-old Chris Mass is shot to death at a Tyler mall, his family talks about the tragedy.

Mass was shot and killed in the Broadway Square Mall Parking lot after his friend got into an argument with another man.

Mass's family and friends say they are sticking together as they cope with the loss.

"I love my daddy," says 4-year-old Chrislyn Mass, Chris Mass's daughter. She may be too young to understand what happened to her father, but she's old enough to remember what she loves about him

"Playing with him," she said.

Chrislyn's mother, Annieka Rainey-Mass stands with Chris's brother and best friend as she talks about what happened.

"Just the wrong place at the wrong time," she said.

She says she's thankful for the support of Chris's family and friends.

"It hurts but I'm happy, because [Chrislyn] will never forget him because she has his friends who are going to step up," she said.

Chris's close friend Daniel Cobb says, "Him not being here is hard, but God does things for a reason and he's going to keep us together."

Chris's best friends say they'll take care of everything he left behind.

His best friend, Lee Carey, says, "His sister right here, is like my sister. His brother, his family, his daughter, that's like my daughter. So everything is going to keep going. We'll keep his spirit alive."

Ashton Mass calls his older brother a role model.

"He was the only brother I had," Ashton said. "I miss him. It's going to be hard."

Those who love him most, are leaning on each other for support.

"Chris was just at the house a week ago. At my house, at his second home," said Julia Carey, who everyone knows as Chris' "second mother."

"And his mother is like a mother to my sons," she said, shaking her head in disbelief that Chris is gone forever.

"He's going to be missed in my life," Carey said. "He lived with me for two years and made my boys shine too."

Chris's sister, Nikki Mass, wishes she could rewind time.

"I miss my brother and wish he was here every day," she said.

They all say life will never be the same without Chris, but they vow to stick together and cope with the loss, as one big family.

"We're going to get over this, because we're going to do it together," Carey said.

We also spoke Chris's mother, who didn't want to go on camera. She says she is making arrangements for her son's funeral. We will release that information when it's available.


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