- Associated Press - Monday, July 20, 2015

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Friends were remembering a 14-year-old who was shot to death at a Colorado Springs park two hours after the city’s midnight curfew for teens.

Colorado Springs police arrested three men in connection with the shooting on Saturday at Memorial Park.

Authorities have not released details of the attack or a possible motive.

Friends of victim Desmond Smith attended a memorial Sunday.

“He was my best friend,” said Sarah Hunt, 14. “He was there to smile, to hug, you know? He was like a brother.”

The parents of Smith have not commented on the case.

Police arrested 18-year-old Raymond Rogan Jr. and 31-year-old Riccardo Kirven on suspicion of first-degree murder.

Raymond Rogan Sr. was arrested on suspicion of accessory to first-degree murder after the fact and tampering with evidence.

An attorney for Kirven did not return a phone call Monday seeking comment. Lawyers were not listed in court records for the other two suspects.

Several people stopped by the park to leave flowers, stuffed animals and balloons with sports themes, KRDO-TV reported (https://tinyurl.com/opbhbre).

“He was pretty good at basketball,” said Lee Goeas, 13, a teammate. “He was a good kid. Really friendly.”

Police say enforcing the curfew is difficult because some parents may have little control over their children staying out late. An exception to the curfew is going to or from work.

“Usually, it’s not a problem,” police Lt. Patricia Feese said. “Our officers patrol parks after hours regularly because kids tend to gather there.”

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