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Vigil held for 22-year-old man killed by gunfire near Everhart Road and Burney Drive

Posted at 8:19 AM, Apr 12, 2023
and last updated 2023-04-12 18:34:27-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A large crowd gathered at Cole Park to remember Corpus Christi homicide victim 22-year-old Adam Burns.

Mourners held a candlelight vigil Tuesday night to honor and remember Burns. Adam's family and friends shared memories and stories about the young man's life.

"There was always a smile on his face. He was always uplifting and loving. I was so amazed that my grandson had so many friends and that they all cared about him the way they do," said Brenda Burns, Adam's grandmother.

"He was such a loving, beautiful boy. And he had so many people who loved him, including myself. We are just going to miss him so much," said Yvonne Burns, Adam's mother.

Burns was shot and killed on Easter in the 4800 block of Burney Drive, near Everhart Road, around 3:39 a.m.

Meanwhile, officials reported that 20-year-old Paul Villarreal turned himself into the Nueces County Sheriff's Office Monday night and has been charged with Burns' murder.

Villarreal remains in the Nueces County Jail on a $1,000,000 bond.