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Memorial held for high school football player killed in Harlem

They should have been watching him score touchdowns.

Instead, classmates of slain 18-year-old Tylik Allen were lighting candles in his memory.

The varsity high school football player was shot and killed in Harlem late Saturday — the night before his team was set to hit the turf against rival William Cullen Bryant.

Tylik, a running back who wore jersey No. 5, was found with multiple gunshot wounds to the chest and back on Lenox Ave. near W. 115th St. around 11:50 p.m., just three blocks away from home, cops said.

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Tylik Allen, 18, of Harlem, was shot to death at Lenox Ave. near 112th St., just three blocks from his home in Harlem.

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Allen, a senior at KIPP NYC College Prep in the Bronx, had been scheduled to face off against William Cullen Bryant High School in Queens at noon. School officials announced on Facebook that the game was canceled in the wake of the slaying.

Instead, dozens of friends and classmates flocked to an impromptu memorial outside his home in the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Towers. The teens cried, held each other and lit candles.

“Thank you guys so much. It just shows how much Tylik was loved,” his sobbing godmother, who only gave her name as Natalie, told the crowd.

Friends and loved ones embrace outside of Tylik Allen’s home after the 18-year-old was shot to death.

Friends and loved ones embrace outside of Tylik Allen’s home after the 18-year-old was shot to death.

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“He didn’t deserve this. He had a whole future ahead of him,” another grieving relative added.

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Tyrese Williams, 18, a fellow high school senior, said the teen’s friends and teammates were struggling to cope.

“We are all still in shock,” he said.

Candles fill the space outside of Allen’s home on Sunday afternoon.

Candles fill the space outside of Allen’s home on Sunday afternoon.

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Allen was standing on a nearby corner with two others when the shooter walked up and chased Allen up the block before firing the fatal shots, police said.

The killer then ran off down W. 115th St., according to cops.

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Medics raced the teen to Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital, where he died, according to cops.

A friend of Allen's cries at the makeshift memorial.

A friend of Allen’s cries at the makeshift memorial.

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His godmother added that Allen had been hoping to attend either John Jay College of Criminal Justice or City College of New York.

“We hadn’t made a decision yet,” she said.

KIPP school officials offered condolences to Tylik and his family.

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“We are heartbroken by the death of Tylik,” said Principal Carlos Capellan. “He was a beloved member of our KIPP community. Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends.”

There were no immediate arrests.

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