Prayer Vigil Honors Two Teenagers Killed in Shooting
Members of the community are honoring the lives of two teenagers killed in a house party shooting.
Tonight, nearly 200 people gathered near the corner of West 29th and Summit Streets to honor the lives of Elijah Jackson and Shakur Franklin.
"This has to stop,” said Jackson’s mother Vanessa Belen. “Nobody wants this to be their mom standing here talking about how their son was murdered."
Last month, both16-year-old East High School students were shot and killed during a house party shootout, which left another four teenagers injured.
"You never really expect it to happen to someone so close to you,” said Jackson’s cousin Ciana Duck. “So when it does, you don't really know what to do and it's difficult because you don't expect it at all."
According to Erie Police Chief Randy Bowers, they've made progress in the investigation, but so far, no arrests have been made.
As the investigation continues, family members of the victims hope that someone will come forward with information that will help solve the case.
"I just wish that someone would speak up so that we could find justice,” said Franklin’s aunt Camia Kirkland. “Nobody is talking and that makes me angry.”
"If you know your kid was at that party, see what they know,” said Belen. “They might know more than what you think they know, and just encourage them to talk to the police."