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Families of Baker shooting victims say goodbye

3 years 2 months 3 weeks ago April 04, 2014 Apr 4, 2014 Friday, April 04 2014 April 04, 2014 6:05 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Russell Jones, Rebecca Buchanan

BAKER - Family members of three teens killed at a birthday party in Baker began the painful process of burying their loved ones today.

Family and friends of 15-year-old Marcell Franklin said farewell at her funeral Friday morning at the Greater New Hope Baptist Church.

"Showing a lot of love you know, they're showing so much love with the donations and all that they're also showing their respect, and so many people came to show their respect to my mom and she holding up kinda good so for the most part we good," said Franklin's brother Ronnie Tennart.

Family friend Tashanna Andrews told News 2 it was hopeful to see a large turnout for the somber occasion.

"I'm glad it had a lot of people, maybe it'll open their eyes to see that life is not a joke, you know, every day you have to take it as if it were your last because you never know what it holds," Andrews said.

Franklin and two others, 18-year-old Diontrey Claiborne and 15-year-old Kendal Dorsey, died after a shooting at the Baker Civic Club one week ago. A fourth teen was wounded. Police arrested 16-year-old Nakeydran Williams on suspicion of the killings.

Franlkin's obituary noted she was a 9th grade student at Zachary High School, and had a twin brother Martell Franklin.

Funerals for the two other victims are scheduled for Saturday. Claiborne's funeral is set for 11 a.m. At the New Gideon Baptist Church. Dorsey's funeral is scheduled for 4 p.m. At Promiseland Baptist Church.


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