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Friends are raising funds for Waltham teenager’s funeral

WALTHAM — As authorities worked to solve the murder of 17-year-old Tyler Zanco, friends and others began raising money to help pay for funeral services for the accomplished high school wrestler.

An online fund, launched on the GoFundMe website (gofundme.com/7pfxx8), had raised more than $17,000 by Saturday evening.

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“Tyler Zanco . . . was taken tragically away from his family. We are asking for everyone to please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers,” read the donation page. “In lieu of flowers, any financial donation to help pay for the services would be greatly appreciated.”

Through a spokeswoman, Zanco’s family declined to comment.

Zanco, a senior at Waltham High School, was found shot to death Thursday night in the parking lot of the Gardencrest apartment complex in Waltham, apparently after being in a fistfight with at least one other man.

On Saturday, a resident of the complex said he heard screaming and banging on the door of the building that night, and when he looked out the window, saw Zanco on top of another young man fighting on the ground.

A third man who was standing a few feet away pointed a gun at Zanco and fired, said the neighbor, who asked not to be identified.

Zanco took off running, he said, and the man with the gun shot at him two more times as he fled.

Zanco’s body was found about 50 yards away on the other side of the parking lot, said the neighbor.

The two men Zanco had been fighting with then jumped into a gray Dodge Charger and drove away, the neighbor said.

The men were about the same age as Zanco, the neighbor said. He had never seen the men before, he said.

On Saturday, the site of the fight had newly planted tulips and a teddy bear on the ground next to them.

Law enforcement authorities said little publicly Saturday about the investigation. But on Friday, those officials said they did not believe the attack on Zanco was random.

Evan Allen can be reached at evan.allen@globe.com.
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