Vigil To Honor Victims And Speak Out Against Violence

By: Abby Barnett Email
By: Abby Barnett Email

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On the night of December 7, 2000 Cornelius Oliver walked into a home on the 1100 block of North Erie and opened fire on four teens.

Quincy Williams, Dessa Ford, Raeshawnda Wheaton, and Jermaine Levy were all shot and killed.

It was the first quadruple homicide the city had seen in 27 years. Police called it "horrific."

Then, just eight days later, another four lives were brutally taken by two men known as the Carr brothers.

In eight days, eight people were murdered.

Panic and fear from the random killing ensued, and coverage of the crimes was extensive.

Some felt, however, coverage was all about the second killings, giving the victims from the first the name "The Forgotten Four."

"It seems like when it happened they were on the news for like two days and that's it," said Candice Reed, a close family friend. "Then a week later, the Carr brothers happened, and it seemed like it overshadowed their deaths," she said.

To make sure the lives of her four friends are not forgotten, she organized a remembrance vigil.

Family, friends, and community members all huddled together outside of the home where the four were killed. They not only shed tears and shared memories but also confronted the act of violence. An act which took the lives of these teens eight years ago.

Donations for headstones for two of the victims can be made at any Great Plains Credit Union location.


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