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The family of Erik Miranda, 24, didn't want to speculate on why he was shot early Sunday morning, but his cousin Olga Davis called his death "another senseless tragedy."

Family members and friends were gathered near the York City scene of the shooting at around noon on Sunday. They said Miranda was killed in the alley next to the house he shared with his mother, Maria Miranda, in the 200 block of Jefferson Avenue.

"He was a very good boy," Davis said of the victim. "He went to church."

Davis said Erik Miranda was a Jehovah's witness who worked two jobs; his pastor and the pastor's family were at his house Sunday to mourn with Miranda's family.

Worked two jobs: Davis and Vanessa Miranda, the victim's sister, said he wasn't involved in drugs.

"He was pleasant, handsome, charismatic," Davis said.

His sister said he was "very smart, always the leader. He was like that since he was little."

According to the York County Coroner's office, Miranda died at the scene. Police, who were called to the scene for shots fired at around 5:50 a.m. Sunday morning, are investigating his death as a homicide.

Miranda said her brother did not have any enemies and that he was very close to his mom, with whom he shared the house.

"He was a very sweet guy. There was nobody who didn't like him," she said. "He was 24, but he always conducted himself much, much older."

Davis said Miranda spent much of his time working. He was a technician at Comcast and a medical transcriber at Urgent Care, she said.

He took classes here and there and had just signed up to go back to school for business, his sister said.

"I always thought he would be the most successful," said Vanessa Miranda, who is 34. "He was focused on making it better for his family, especially his mom."

Christopher Holmes, who came to mourn with the family, said his friend Miranda was "laid-back, cool, chill, never in the way," and was "always taking care of his mom."

The victim's mother, Maria Miranda, who Davis said is 65, recently retired from her job as a machine operator.

Without her son, the victim's sister said, she wouldn't have been able to stay in the house.

"She'll probably have to come live with us for a while," Miranda said.

Erik Miranda is survived by another sister, Jenny Barajas, 42, who lives in Texas.

Anyone with information is asked to York City Police Department at (717) 846-1234 or 717-755-TIPS.

- Reach Julia Scheib at jscheib@yorkdispatch.com.

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