BRIDGEPORT — A city teen shot to death Thursday evening was remembered by loved ones at a memorial near the site of the shooting Friday.

Eric Diaz, 19, of Bridgeport, was found shot in the stomach at the corner of Beardsley Street and Newfield Avenue around 10 p.m. Thursday when police responded to a call for shots fired in the area, police spokesman Av Harris said. He said Diaz was taken by ambulance to Bridgeport Hospital and died hours later.

“At this time, the motive for the homicide is unclear,” Harris said.

The memorial was set up on the sidewalk near the intersection. At the scene of the homicide Friday morning, several people who said they knew Diaz had driven to the scene. None gave their names.

There were about 100 candles, several photos of Diaz, balloons and T-shirts with his photos on them displayed at the memorial site Friday afternoon. People gathered

in groups or came by

individually to pay their respects.

Some of them cried, some lit candles and some bowed their heads in prayer.

One passerby on a bicycle stopped to put a small bottle of Remy Martin at the site of the memorial.

Some of the candles at the scene had notes and messages written on them.

“Long live my brother. I love you,” was written on one candle.

Another candle’s lengthy message began, “I love you so much baby I can’t believe your (sic) gone.”

On social media, Diaz’s family members mourned openly on Facebook. Around 10 a.m. Friday, Jonathan Ocasio, who Diaz had identified as his brother on his Facebook page, said he was crushed.

“I Cant Believe my little brother gone,” Ocasio wrote. “Words cant describe how this feels. You had so much talent , it Crushes me to see your life Cut at such a young age.”

Diaz was killed just three blocks from his last known address on Yarrington Court. A sign on the building Friday morning indicated that it was vacant.

He was the city’s 20th homicide of 2017, which happened two blocks from the city’s 19th homicide of the year, Cadell Moore, 34, of Bridgeport.

Moore was shot to death on Sixth Street between Stratford and Connecticut avenues on Aug. 24, three weeks prior.

The number of homicides in the city for 2017 is double the total number of homicides for 2016, with three months remaining in the year. The 10 homicides recorded in 2016 were the fewest in over a decade in Bridgeport, data showed.

Police have cleared 13 of the city’s homicides for the 2017 year through arrests, according to Capt. Roderick Porter.

One of the unsolved homicides was an officer-involved shooting that is still under investigation by state police.

Anyone with information about crime can contact the Bridgeport Police at 203-576-TIPS (8477).