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'He was my rock': Mother of 17-year-old killed outside Fort Worth Whataburger speaks out

Zechariah Trevino was the teenager who was killed in a shooting across from Paschal High School on Friday.

FORT WORTH, Texas — We're learning more about the teenager who was killed in a shooting outside of a Whataburger in Fort Worth on Friday afternoon.

Around 4 p.m. on Friday, officers responded to a shooting in the parking lot of a Whataburger on West Berry Street, across from Paschal High School.

One teenager was killed and another was in critical condition, police said. No arrests have been made.

On Sunday, WFAA spoke with the mother of the victim who died.

‘’He was caring, he was loving,’’ said Erica Trevino, as she was sharing memories of her 17-year-old son, Zechariah Trevino.

Zechariah was a junior at Paschal. And he was about to become a father in a few months, his mother said.

‘’He’s always been my rock," Erica Trevino said. "We had so many dreams and expectations for Zechariah. We were very excited. We got things for the baby."

Erica says her son was shot and killed in front of the same Whataburger where he worked as a cook. She says he died protecting his cousin.

‘’He did exactly what we taught him to do, that was to protect," she said. "His life wasn’t just taken on selfish acts. He changed all that by standing up for what he believed in, protecting."

Zechariah’s cousin, a 16-year-old, remains in the hospital. Investigators say the suspect and the victims knew each other and they went to the same high school.

"I’m going to be preparing to do one of the hardest things I’m going to do in life, that’s to lay my baby to finally rest," Erica Trevino said. "I pray that no one has to go through [that]."

 Fort Worth police were still actively working the case Sunday. No arrests have been made.

 The Trevino has set up a fund for anyone wanting to help with funeral arrangements. Donations can be made via Cashapp to @EricaRico86.

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