NEWS
01/27/2018 10:43 EST | Updated 01/27/2018 11:01 EST

Funeral held for 15-year-old bystander killed in Vancouver gang shooting

COQUITLAM, B.C. — A 15-year-old Vancouver boy who was killed by a stray bullet has been remembered at his funeral as a bright young man with big ambitions.

Alfred Wong's father told the boy's memorial service that he wishes the bullet had struck him instead of his son, and he apologized to Alfred for not being able to protect him.

Samson Wong also said Alfred will always be a part of their family and in their hearts.

Alfred Wong was in a vehicle heading home to Coquitlam with his parents on Jan. 13 when he was struck by a bullet. He died in hospital two days later.

The teenager’s basketball coach, taekwondo coach and pastor all spoke at the memorial service, which was attended by several hundred people on Saturday.

Police have described the attack as a gang shooting and said the target was 23-year-old Kevin Whiteside, who also died in hospital.

Chief Const. Adam Palmer has called Wong's death a senseless murder, saying it has had an impact all across Metro Vancouver, including in his police department.