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Aug 7, 2014

Vigil Held In Honor of Slain Teenager

Four days after the brutal slaying of sixteen year old Chryslin Gladden, a group of family members, former classmates and others who have endured the pain of losing a loved one to the madness on the streets, symbolically paraded through some City streets. The candlelight vigil was held on Wednesday evening, and the message was loud and clear…. there is deep frustration that too many young lives are being lost to violence. Duane Moody and Chelsea Wagner have put together the following report.

 

Chelsea Wagner, Reporting

In the wake of the murder of former Wesley High School graduate, Chryslin Gladden, friends and former classmates got together and put off a vigil to express their frustration with the current urban crime situation.  The parade, which started at the basketball court near the Yarborough Green, saw hundreds of students; parents as well as relatives and friends of other persons who have been afflicted by gun violence.

 

Andrew Munnings

Andrew Munnings, Vigil Organizer

“We are here at the first annual youth against violence making the right choice. We loved Chryslin. Today’s turnout, it is dynamic guys, it is beautiful…over a hundred people are out here today. We want to tell Belize that we are tired of the crime and violence. All youths are out here today to exercise our voice. We are tired of the crime and violence. Chryslin, we love yo babes. You will always live on.”

 

Majority of the participants were dressed in white and hoisted candles as the procession made its way through city streets and ended at the basketball court near the high school. The message expressed their concerns against a surge in criminal activity against youths.

 

Micah Goodin

Micah Goodin, Participant

“Only we di dead. Only we young black people di dead. Only we di get kill, only we di go dah jail; so that hafto stop. So as long as we continue di dead, we wah continue fi march. We wah march until they continue to listen to we, we wah march until they start to value fi we life as young people cause we love fi we life as young people.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I am Chelsea Wagner.

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2 Responses for “Vigil Held In Honor of Slain Teenager”

  1. Rod says:

    Unu could march till kingdom come and nothing will change because unu the march to the wrong places unu need fu march to this pm house and demand his resignation because he is corrupt impotent in incompetent on crime unu need fu demand the hanging penalty be brought back now not tomorrow but now today unu need fu haul this pm out a y bed and lock him up send him packing we will soon reach over 5000 people dead how many more have to die before we realize that this pm and gov are incompetent and impotent and they don’t care about the belizean people they only care about filling their pockets before they loose they could care less how many people are being murdered. Get rid of judas

  2. BelizeanInAsia says:

    Well said Rod. People are in so much pain but they still don’t understand what is going on and what their target should be.

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