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Loved ones mourning slain 18-year-old

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Friends and family are in mourning, after a teenager was killed in Harrisburg's first homicide of the year.

Hauson Baltimore-Greene, Jr., 18, was a senior at Steelton Highspire High School, where he played on the football and basketball teams.

Those who knew Greene said he was in many ways your typical teenager.

"He always cracked jokes. He had everybody laughing. He looked out for everybody no matter what. He's just real nice...a nice person," said Ta'Nea Washington, Greene's cousin.

"I mean he always had a good spirit. I could be down and he'd be like, 'keep your head up.'  He never was a negative person," said Brien Hall, Greene's friend.

Greene's basketball coach, Tigh Savercool, said Greene was special.

"He couldn't find a ride so he just gets a taxi. That's committed. That's an adult decision that a high school kid makes leaving work how he's gonna get to practice instead of just trying to make an excuse he couldn't come and not come. He found a way. That's the type of kid he was," said Savercool.

Greene had big dreams of becoming a rap artist.

That dream came to an end around 10 p.m. Saturday.  Police said Greene was on the porch of 30 North 16th Street when someone shot him. Greene was rushed to the hospital where he later died.

While investigators try to figure out who did it and why, those who knew Greene are trying to cope and are calling for an end to the violence in Harrisburg.

"They really need to stop because it's getting out of control. I don't wanna live in Harrisburg for real I'm ready to go. I don't want to be here," said Washington.

"I know we got a new mayor coming in, so I hope he's ready to take on the task of bringing this community together. There's a lot going on here. A cry for help. There's a lot of potential here," said Brian Carter, a friend of Greene's.

If we work together, we can save our children and stop the violence that is claiming far too many young lives," Mayor Eric Papenfuse said in a statement.

Papenfuse said he is trying to stop the violence by putting additional officers on the police force and starting a new community policing initiative.

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