CHICAGO (CBS)–Counselors are available at Gary Middle School today as students and staff grieve the loss of an 8th grader.

City leaders have made a plea for help to find the boy’s killers.

Arion Lilly, 14, was hit by a stray bullet last Thursday on the 2500 block of West 11th Avenue in Gary.

Lilly was set to graduate from his school in June.

His family says he loved basketball and making people laugh.

Gary’s mayor is urging anyone with information to call police.