Vigil Held In Memory Of Murdered Girl

By: Jacki Ochoa Email
By: Jacki Ochoa Email

More than 100 people turned out for a vigil Thursday night in remembrance of Payton Benson. The crowd was a mix of family and strangers praying for strength and healing.

Some clutched each other while others held balloons and stuffed animals. They honored the five-year-old girl was killed by a stray bullet on Wednesday morning.

Payton’s Great Aunt, Deborah Gray said, "We are here for each other. We are all in this together. We are all in this together."

Deborah told us, “I just lost my mother. She died naturally. That's how we should be going. We shouldn't be taking each other's lives."

Brian Gray was Payton's cousin. He said, "I'm glad that we had so many people come down today and it really shows some solidarity in the community. That goes a long way, especially helping our family heal."

Orlando Parker told us, “I was on my way home. I remembered this. I had to stop. I had to stop."

They prayed for justice. They called for change.

Payton’s Great Uncle Douglas Gary said, "It is time for us to come out of our homes and our own communities and stop this. We have to do this. If we don't do it, no one else will."

The family says that holding someone accountable is important but they want to focus on the memories.

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