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Flowers, notes mark Harrisburg's latest murder scene

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Tears, balloons and flowers filled an alley where a young Harrisburg man was shot and killed as friends and family visited a makeshift memorial Tuesday for the city's latest homicide victim.

Holding flowers in one hand, her mother's hand in the other, a little girl wearing a purple jacket and pigtails wailed with sadness with every step she took toward the memorial.

Dozens stopped by the narrow alley to drop off flowers and write messages on a piece of brown cardboard for 20 year-old Cortney Jackson.

Many returned to the very spot where just hours before Conzy Carter said she heard a "loud pop." Carter said she quickly ran to her apartment balcony that faces the 900 block of Long Street.

"I could hear it from the balcony, I could see it," said Carter, who explained another neighbor rushed to help a man bleeding in the street.

"And the guy said, 'No, I don't feel any pulse,' " Carter said.

Jackson was pronounced dead after police arrived at the scene at around 8:30 p.m. Monday. Authorities said he suffered a fatal gunshot to his upper body. Police did not release many details on Tuesday.

Dauphin County Coroner Graham Hetrick told abc27 News that Jackson's autopsy would be performed on Wednesday.

Police did not identify any suspects in what is the city's fourth homicide of the year.

Carter, now in her 50's, said she's lived in Harrisburg since she was 11. Her family moved to the north side because it was safer.

"This is a children area and we don't have that," she said. "Mostly family."

Carter distanced the neighborhood from South Allison Hill, which she called a "bad section of the city." She said the man who attempted to help Jackson is the leader of the neighborhood's crime watch.

As police continue to investigate and figure out the person and motive behind this murder, family members are left to wonder the same.

In the meantime, many wrote messages in Jackson's name. One man wrote, "Love you cousin. You will be missed."

"I'm not used to this," said Carter. "I wouldn't want to see anyone's child laying there for hours bleeding to death."

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