WEST HAVEN -- Word of Cameron Bryce Charlton's death spread quickly on Facebook, and friends from the Hooper teen's neighborhood and Fremont High School gathered Monday night to remember.
"It was just so hard to believe," said Paige Beus, 17, who hosted the gathering of friends and classmates.
"We're just three days out of school, but I saw it on Facebook, and my friend called me."
Cameron, 17, had just finished his junior year at Fremont High and spent the Memorial Day weekend on a group camping trip with his brother, Eric, and about 18 others who went to Yuba State Park, in Juab County.
Eric Charlton, 27, a U.S. Marine from Clinton, stayed up late, talking with Cameron and another friend around a campfire near their tent. Sometime between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. Monday, a handgun went off, and the .45-caliber bullet hit Cameron Charlton in the head.
Eric Charlton was booked later Monday into Juab County Jail on suspicion of manslaughter. He was released after posting bail.
The Juab County Sheriff's Office said alcohol was a factor in the shooting, and the shooting did not seem to be the result of an argument.
The term "manslaughter" is often, but not exclusively, used when a shooting is accidental.
"He was an amazing bestie," Paige said of Cameron. "He was the life of the party. He always said he loved you. He wanted to go into the military, just like his brother."
"I'm going to miss him," said Hooper resident Garrett Gooch, 18. "He always had the ability to make people smile. Even if you had a bad day, he could pull a smile out of you."
More than 100 teens attended the gathering, which featured a bonfire, food and a table with felt markers and a poster board people could sign for the Charlton family.
Most teens stood in small groups, talking quietly about a friend lost. Several teens who said they were Cameron's closest friends declined to discuss him with the media, saying they believed it would be against his family's wishes.
But everyone who did talk about Cameron said he was a great person.
"Save me a spot up there," Cole Shephard, an 18-year-old from West Haven, said, looking upward. "Cameron was charismatic. He was always a joker, and he always had the ability to make everyone laugh."
Hailee Barnett, 17, of Plain City, said she probably wasn't Cameron's closest friend, but she would always remember him. "He was just always there when you needed him. He always tried to make you smile."