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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A community came together Thursday night in the name of an innocent child who was shot and killed as on his way to buy some candy.
Tears flowed as pastors, parents and grandparents shared recollections of a 6-year-old King Carter, murdered just steps his home.
His loved ones never imagining they would never see this child, so full of laughter and smiles, alive again.
“I just went round there the night before and he came downstairs and gave me a hug,” King’s grandma said. “I didn’t know I was gonna be hugging my grandson for the last time.”
The prayers at the vigil were for the future, for protection of a community – all children here.
Gratitude was expressed that two suspects in his slaying have been arrested, but it doesn’t cure the pain.
Anger driving passion tonight as the child’s aunt urged, demanded change.
Tawana Akins, a veteran school teacher, said she is at wits end seeing so many of her loved one and students are buried by the hand of violence.
“I have lost so many of my students, so many have gotten shot” she said. “I’ve lost four family members.
Hugs were shared, no words needed as condolences were given to King’s father, who said he is confident the third suspect will end up in the hands of authorities.
Leonard Adams, 18, and Irwen Pressley, 17, the two teens arrested in connection to the shooting, were denied bond.