After bloody start to new year, family holds anti-crime rally
BATON ROUGE - A man who has arranged nearly 20 memorial services for men and women killed by gun violence arranged yet another memorial, the latest one, Monday night for his brother.
"I would have never thought in a million years that I would be arranging one of these not only for my family, but for my little brother," said Keon Preston, a chaplain for the organization Stop the Violence.
His brother, Calvin Smith, 19, was found shot multiple times in the parking lot of a grocery store early Sunday morning at Plank and Brady in north Baton Rouge.
"I'm in disbelief that this is really going on," said Preston. "Like, we're really about to bury him, due to gun violence."
Family members described Smith as a person, filled with joy who brought laughter to any room he entered. They said he enjoyed boxing.
Smith's mother, Teresa Stewart, said she cannot believe someone killed her son.
"Stunned," she said. "Still stunned."
Monday night, Smith's family members let go of balloons and lit candles in his memory.
Police are still investigating the shooting and are hoping tips can lead to information in the case.
Family members said they are trying to raise money for the funeral. There is a fund set up at Chase Bank under the name Calvin Smith.