Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Four teenagers murdered ten years ago were honored Tuesday night, on the anniversary of their deaths.
The final two were honored with a headstone marking their graves.
The 'Forgotten Four' were murdered one week before the Carr brothers' quadruple homicide.
Ten years later, an annual vigil not only helps family and friends remember the victims, but also brings attention to violence in the community.
"It was a tragic loss, not only for those families, but for our community," said Kenya Cox, Wichita NAACP.
Quincy Williams, Dessa Ford, Jermaine Levy and Rayeshawnda Wheaton were found dead in a Northeast Wichita duplex on December 7, 2000.
On the anniversary of their deaths, Williams and Ford were honored and remembered, by a headstone marking their graves.
"I'm honored that it's finally able to come to a completion. I have so many mixed emotions, I'm not even sure where to start," said Candice Reed, cousin to Williams and Ford.
Reed started a trust fund two years ago, raising money for a headstone, and raising awareness about violence among the Wichita community.
"Overwhelmed with happiness, joy. I'm pleased. It kind of, to me, has proven the fact that we as a community can come together. It has broken that stereotype or that lie that leaves us one race over here, and one race over here. Actually, we are a community, and it's the first initial step to unity, that we've been hoping for and seeking," said Reed.
Through their memories, and finally a headstone, Reed said remembering those initially 'forgotten', has finally become easier.
"It's a better feeling today, than last year, or the year before, or even 10 years ago," said Reed.
Jermain Levy and Rayeshawnda Wheaton are buried in other cemeteries in Wichita and already have headstones marking their graves.