“He was a man with a good heart he was a best friend to everybody he was a protector of myself and his friends.” That's how Barbara Maira described her grandson Jose "Chuckie" Rivera. Rivera was gunned down early Saturday morning as he walked along Ellison Street. “For anybody that has family members, brothers, cousins or anybody, nobody deserves to die like that nobody,” said friend Sheriee June. . Friends placed candles at the spot where Rivera was gunned down. Many who stopped by to pay their respects say Rivera was well liked especially by young people in the neighborhood. “He was the kind of kid that all the little kids around her of all ages would come and he'd play ball in the lot right over here with them and they would look forward to seeing him,” said Maira. Others say Rivera was always upbeat and positive about life. “Chuckie was a sweetheart he made you laugh wherever he was whether it was at my mom’s house here or just hanging out he was just somebody that always made everybody smile,” said June. Last year there were 48 homicides in Rochester Police say there was a 26-percent drop in murders after the city implemented a zero tolerance initiative in October. Now 26 days into the New Year and another family is mourning the loss of a loved one and calling for an end to violence that continues to plague the city. “This has to stop everyday every day somebody's dying. It’s the call you don't want to get. I just don't understand this I hope if anybody knows that they come forward and tell. This has to stop,” said Rivera’s mother Debbie Lee.