The uncle said he doesn't know all of the facts of the incident, but did say Dayton had some struggles in life. He said the boy had made some mistakes and spent time in juvenile detention.
"He's 15 years old," he said. "He hasn't lived nothing, absolutely not a fraction of his life and he's gone. He's gone like no other."
The man said he hopes the deaths will remind parents that they should teach their kids to make their own decisions without giving in to outside pressures. He also offered a message to other teens like his nephew.
"Everybody needs to be a leader," he said. "Everybody cannot be a sheep or a follower. You have to find what you want in yourself."
Contributing: Marjorie Cortez
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