Community remembers triple murder victims
BAKER - A group met near the scene of a triple murder Thursday night for a vigil in support and remembrance of three teens who were shot dead.
Parents and community leaders are trying to put a stop to the violence, nearly a week after the shooting at a birthday party last Friday.
"We will not tolerate this in Baker, not this type of loss," said one man
The vigil brought out hundreds of friends, classmates and family members. Marcell Franklin, a 15-year-old girl, died at the scene. Kendal Dorsey, 15, and Diontrey Claiborne, 18, died hours later at a hospital.
A fourth teen, Javaughn Simmons, 19, was also shot and is recovering.
Dorsey's grandmother, Mary, stood before community members, lighting a candle in remembrance of her grandson. She was dressed in a t-shirt, marked with the letters "R.I.P" and Kendal's face, surrounded by angel wings and doves. There's one thing she says she'll never forget about him: how he smiled.
"His smile is what I'll always remember. He always kept a smile on his face," she said.
She says this time is difficult, but the community support makes her stronger.
"It's just not the way to go," said Dorsey. "We parents should just be more involved with what our children our doing and where they're going."
Baker Police say shots rang out around 11 p.m. at the Baker Civic Club on North Magnolia Drive March 28. The venue was rented out for the party.
Authorities say Nakeydran L. William, 16, opened fire inside the club after a fight during the party. Williams' attorney requested a continuance for his detention hearing Monday in juvenile court, and it was rescheduled for April 14.
Donnie Cavalier, 26, was arrested in connection with what happened. Police say he's charged with illegal use of weapon after firing two shots outside the party after what happened inside. Cavalier, who was acting as a security officer that night, admits to firing his gun to control the chaos.
Parents have organized a march for April 12 at 10 a.m. It will begin at the Baker Civic Club near the Police Department.
Police are still investigating the murders.
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