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Candlelight Vigil Held As Community Mourns Shooting Victims

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(Source: CBS4) Gaby Fleischman
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Family and friends of the Liberty City shooting victim’s came together for an emotional candlelight vigil Thursday night.

Dozens prayed and cried around a makeshift memorial in the spot where police say more than sixty rounds were fired into a crowd– killing two young men and wounding seven others.

Kevin Richardson, 29, and Nakeri Jackson, 26, were killed.

“For someone to just come and gun down my nephew like that, that’s not right, that’s wrong,” said a teary-eyed Bridgette Richardson, Kevin’s aunt.

“It don’t make no sense,” said Nakeri’s mother Tangela Jackson “He didn’t bother nobody.”

Police believe the shooting spree that happened around 2:15 a.m. at the Liberty Square Housing complex on Northwest 12th Avenue at 65th Street stemmed from gang-related retaliation. It is not clear who, if anyone was being targeted. Police have not publicity identified any suspects.

“Y’all gotta stop this, this don’t make no sense,” said Keira Arnold, Kevin’s sister. “Somebody speak up, you know something, what if this was your child? Your brother?”

In a community with a stigma against snitches, many fear further retaliation if they turn those responsible in to police.

The families of the victims say the violence will never stop if people don’t step up, and have hope they will get justice.

“I feel horrible, hurt,” said Hermana Richardson, Kevin’s mom “I’m gonna get my justice.”

“Turn yourself in because if the authorities don’t get, you I promise you god will,” said Bridgette Richardson.

Anyone with information is urged to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS (8477).

Watch the report, click here.

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