Vigils for young victims of gun violence are far too common

Young lives, are cut short. We saw it Tuesday night, as candles burned, friends and family wept, at a vigil 16-year-old Ibn Perry of Willingboro.

As sad as that is, it wasn't the only vigil for a teen shot to death that was held last night.

Those vigils happen all too often.

FOX 29's Hank Flynn shows us, what those who love these young people are left with after the vigil ends.

Nikki Henigan chuckled a little today as she remembered her nephew Ibn Perry, a big 16-year-old who loved football, baseball, and fresh sneakers.

Ibn was home Monday night, hanging out with friends on the front porch when he was shot to death.  A friend was also hit.  Candles burned for Ibn at a vigil last night in Willingboro , where the Perry family lives.  Ibn's Aunt Nikki says the whole thing was over nothing.

"You know they're running and ducking bullets and for what?  A Snapchat argument?  A Facebook argument?  Jealousy over sneakers or one dressed better than the other?  It's just ridiculous," his aunt said.

Nikki adds that Ibn was doing fine in school and never was in trouble.  But the family now prepares for a Ibn's funeral, instead of his junior prom. 

No arrests have been made. The family begs anyone with information to contact police and forget any notions of frontier justice.

Then Hank made his way over to West Philly.  There was another candlelight vigil last night, after another teenager was shot.

Roll west up Market Street to 60th and you'll see where 17- year-old Tyhir Berry was gunned down Monday night.  Candles burn there too as young people watch, some saying goodbye.  A smaller memorial to Tyhir was set up blocks away near his home. Tyhir's family is hurt, and didn't want to talk, but a neighbor, Diana McNeal, spoke up for him.

"Yes, a very nice kid," McNeal said, "I just don't have anything bad, or ill-will to say about the young man."

Back at Market and 60th, there was a police presence keeping an eye out, though no arrests are known to have been made in this shooting either.   An RV from YOACAP, or the Youth Outreach Adolescent Community Awareness Program was there too.  There are no simple solutions to complex problems like teens and gun violence says Keisha Coffey.

"When these kind of things go on in our neighborhoods, we have to rally together,not point the finger, not blame anyone, not wait for someone to bring a solution.  But make each block a better block," Coffey said.


Through accountability and responsibility, for on, says Keisha. Take action yourself to help someone out, and that all makes some.

Bottom line. Will it happen again?  Yeah.  But we got ourselves here, so we can move forward from it as well.  

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