Oct 23, 2012 6:50 PM by Lorraine Rivera and Ian Cross
TUCSON - Dozens of friends attended a memorial today for an 18-year-old man who was murdered in Sierra Vista last weekend.
KC Paul Southard was stabbed and died early Sunday during a fight, Sierra Vista Police officials confirmed earlier this week. Police later arrested 30-year-old David Kennedy on a Second-Degree Murder charge. He's now in the Cochise County Jail.
According to police, Southard and Kennedy were arguing about property and a girl when things took a turn for the worse. Friends of Southard admit they he and Kennedy were both smoking and drinking at the mobile home park where the stabbing occurred.
Police confirm alcohol was involved, and possibly marijuana.
Southard's parents say they are heartbroken. Friends have been stopping by his home to pay their respects.
The family is struggling to pay for funeral services, so friends made t-shirts to sell. Friends told News 4 Tucson's Lorraine Rivera that Southard died trying to help someone.
"Any girl, any female in distress or that had any problems - he was just the type of person that wouldn't stand for it," said Jay Al-Obeivi, a friend of Southard. "If there was something wrong he'd be the person to say, 'hey this isn't the way it should go. We should do something better about this.'"
Southard was in his last year of high school at a charter school and was expected to graduate in December.
His dad says KC wanted to join the military.
Friends have set up a memorial fund; donations can be made in KC Paul Southard's name at any Wells Fargo bank.
Pictured: Dozens of friends attended a memorial for KC Paul Southard and released balloons in his honor.