Vigil held for Springfield teen who police say was killed by brother

Harley Starling was beaten and stabbed to death in October. His brother will now be tried as an adult in Clark County. (WDTN Photo)

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) – A large group of people who loved 14-year-old, Harley Starling of Springfield gathered for a vigil Thursday night.

A few of his friends organized the event and held it at Snyder Park.

According to police the Springfield High School freshman was murdered by his 16-year-old brother Sunday night, in his bedroom and was found by his grandmother the next morning.

Authorities arrested the brother soon after and charged him with murder and tampering of evidence.

“I thought it was horrible and why would he do that to him?,” said Hannah Tioton, who was classmates with Harley.

Those at the vigil for the young teenager shared memories of him and lit candles in his honor.

“We hope he’s here with us today. It’s like a celebration of his life of the little life that he lived,” said friend, Savannah Marcum.

Harley’s older brother is being held in the Clark County juvenile detention center. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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