Vigil held for 7-year-old shooting victim

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Emotions took over as family and friends poured out their grief over the death of 7-year-old Deonte Fisher.

“I never thought I would be having a candlelight for my son,” said Deonte’s mother, Judith Huntley. as tears streamed down her face.

vigil 6Her 5-year-old son, Dokatta Fisher, and four-year-old daughter were in the car shot up along with friend 19-year-old Rayquan Holloway.

Marcterius Grace, 18, has been charged with the shooting and murder. He is scheduled for an arraignment Monday morning, according to court records.

“He didn’t care that my son was in the car. My 5-year-old son got shot and my daughter saw everything. Now I got to explain to them why they can’t see their brother,” Huntley said.

Express Market manager Nick Omar explained how the shooting unfolded.

“This incident happened tens of miles away and they were chasing each other and came to my parking lot,” Omar said.

The children’s aunt called the shooting a turf war.

vigil 2“At the end of the day it was senseless – Deonte is all that matters right now,” Shasha Fisher said to the crowd holding candles.

Huntley said what is happening now just isn’t fair.

“They get to see him go to court, I have to bury my son, it is not supposed to be like that, it is not fair,” said Huntley.

Tears flowed freely as speaker after speaker poured out their hearts.

vigil 3“What if it was your baby, your cousin, your niece, your grandchild your whoever,” said a woman speaking to the crowd.

Five-year-old Dokaata Fisher was released from the hospital, but his four-year-old sister is still being treated here.

A second boy, also 5 years old, is fighting for his life after a second shooting happened on Friday. Shots were reported in the 900 block of Duxberry Avenue and medics found the boy in the back bedroom with a life-threatening injury. Police said the boy is in serious condition following surgery.

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther released a statement Saturday regarding the shootings on Friday:

I grieve the loss of Deonte Fisher and pray for all the children wounded in shootings on Friday night in Columbus. As a father, I cannot imagine a greater heartbreak than losing a child, especially to senseless violence. We cannot tolerate children being killed in our city or allow ourselves to become numb to neighborhood violence.

While the Columbus Division of Police, Department of Recreation and Parks and many other city employees are working diligently to improve neighborhood safety, collectively we need to do more to end violence in our city.  I call on all our parents, educators, and neighborhood, civic and faith leaders to redouble our efforts to end violence in our community.

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