Memorial Thursday for Sterling Teen Killed in Neighbor's Home

Caleb A. Gordley, 16, was a student at Park View High School

Thursday, Mar 21, 2013  |  Updated 6:29 AM EDT
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A memorial will be held Thursday night for Sterling teen who was killed last weekend after sneaking into the wrong house.

Caleb Gordley, 16, was shot and killed early Sunday when he entered a neighbor's house two doors down from his own after a night at a party.

Authorities say Gordley apparently had been drinking earlier in the evening, authorities said, although they are still awaiting a toxicology report.

The homeowner mistook him for an intruder and called 911, but by the time police arrived, Gordley was dead.

His parents say they don’t blame the homeowner for what happened. "I want you to know, sir, I forgive you," said Jennea Gordley, Caleb's mother. "I understand this was an accident. I truly believe everything happens for a reason. My son, he's an angel."

His father, Shawn Gordley, said they’ll be moving because it would be too difficult to remain on the street.

Caleb Gordley was a student at Park View High School in Sterling. Many say he was well-liked and well-behaved. He was a three-sport athlete at the school and a budding rapper.

"If you had classes with him, there was no way you weren't leaving that class without a smile," said a classmate.

Gordley's parents said they are planning to hold two celebrations of his life, one in Sterling, where he lived with his father, and one in Ohio, where his mother lived. They find consolation in the many tributes on social media sites and they have their son's music.

Thursday night's memorial will be held at the Elks Lodge in Sterling.

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