Crowd gathers to mourn murdered Istrouma students

POSTED: Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - 8:30pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - 9:55pm

The family of 16-year-old Darrion LeBeuf says even though he's now gone, they don't want his memory to die. The showing Tuesday night confirmed that his memory does live on in many around the city, who didn't even know him personally.

Solemn prayers were said and candles were lit in rememberance of two teenagers, gunned down in Baton Rouge. The parents of 16-year old Darrion LeBeuf, were trying to hold it together a week and a half after murder.

"She just calmed down now'," said LeBeuf's uncle, Bobby Riley, speaking about LeBeuf's mother. "Still going to last a while, because she's really hurt."

It's a feeling of hurt she's felt before. After both of her boy's were taken from her. Both shot dead in their teenage years.

Inside the Living Faith Christian Center, dozens came to mourn, search for closure and to just show support in an effort to stop the violence.

"Let's people know that people do care," said East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux. "And are here to try to make a difference."

Gautreaux says juvenile crime has exploded, and things won't change overnight. For change, he said it will take time.

"This is where it starts right here," said Baton Rouge resident April London.

Holding her four-year old son Brendan, London came to show that she's a parent who cares. She worries that random violence knows no boundaries.

"He can be gone tomorrow, by any chance," said London. "Stray bullets. Anything can happen."

No arrest has been made in the murder of LeBeuf.

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