GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Emotions were high in court Tuesday afternoon, when a gang member was sentenced for the 2011 murder of a Grand Rapids teenager.

Miguel Lopez was shot while riding his bicycle on the city's southwest side.

The victim's mother could barely stand up in the courtroom, and at one point fainted. She has suffered from anxiety since her son's murder three years ago, according to her daughter who spoke on behalf of the victim's family. The judge said the fainting indicates the severe effect killer Moissis Gonzalez has had on the family.

Lucila Velasquez, the victim's sister, said the family believes that Gonzalez is a Latin Kings member who will kill again if he is ever released from prison.

"What I don't understand is why did this guy do this to us. My brother lost his life for no apparent reason. He was 17 years old, with his whole life ahead of him."

Gonzalez pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, attempted murder, and gang membership.

In August 2011, he shot and killed Lopez while Lopez rode his bike near Grandville Ave. and Martha St. in Grand Rapids.

Moisses Gonzalez was sentenced to 16 to 40 years in prison.

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