Nearly 200 family, friends and members of local communities gathered Wednesday night for a candlelight ceremony to celebrate the life of 11-year-old Romell Jones.
While he was waiting for a ride to basketball practice, Romell's life was tragically cut short on Monday by an unknown gunman who fired into a group of people near the Alton Acres recreation center.
Angela Valdes of Churches on the Streets helped organize the event and welcomed those who gathered. Roy Rhodes of Abundant Life Church opened with prayer and Chaplain Eddie West of Emmanuel Free Methodist Church also offered prayers.
Jason Harrison of Deliverance Temple raised the crowd with words of encouragement and called for mothers and fathers to step up in the community and in their children's lives so this tragic ending will not happen again.
Romell's mother, Sonya Dixon, joined the crowd to mourn and celebrate her son as she wore his blanket around her.