WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — A 17-year-old high school student was shot and killed Tuesday night in Waterbury, leaving his family searching for answers.

Police said Wissin Resto-Rodriguez was shot at around 6:30 p.m. in the 200 block of Bishop Street. The teen was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

News 8 spoke with Resto-Rodriguez’s aunt and uncle, Tanya Resto-Falcon and Jesus Resto, on Thursday. They were still visibly shaken by their young nephew’s death.

“It’s unreal,” Resto-Falcon said. “It’s like a nightmare that we can’t wake up from. This is permanent. It’s not like game over and tomorrow we start again. This is it. We don’t have him anymore.”

The teen’s aunt told News 8 that the Wilby High School student had been watching television with his family just moments before he was shot. A person who lives in the neighborhood told News 8 she heard multiple gunshots.

“Between shows, between episodes, he decided he wanted to get a soda, so he went to the corner store, which is a block away,” Resto-Falcon said. “It happened then. He wasn’t even gone for 20 minutes.”

This isn’t the first time this family has been faced with tragedy. In May 2011, Resto-Rodriguez’s 3-year-old brother, Joseph, was hit and killed by a driver at Pope Park in Hartford. Now, this second loss is just too much to bear.

“My sister … this is the second kid she’s lost,” Resto said. “Yesterday she told me, this is my second kid. She’s scared you know, she got kids.”

Wissin Resto-Rodriguez

Police said they are following up on every lead in this case and are exploring all options.

“He’s just not here anymore, and that’s not fair,” Resto-Falcon said. “It’s just hard. It’s just really difficult.”

The family believes something needs to be done to stop this neverending cycle of gun violence.

“Kids that are getting killed by stray bullets,” Resto said. “Gun violence is pretty bad out here. This is becoming really bad, something needs to be done about gun violence.”

Resto-Rodriguez’s family started a GoFundMe page to help with funeral arrangements.

Earlier this week, the director of communications for the Waterbury Public School District released a statement following Resto-Rodriguez’s death.

“The Waterbury Public School District is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of our student who attended Wilby High School,” the statement read. “We are working with our crisis team to provide grief counseling to staff and students who have been impacted emotionally by this tragedy. The district sends its most sincere condolences, thoughts, and prayers to the family.”

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Waterbury police at (203) 574-6941 or Crime Stoppers at (203) 755-1234.