by: Jerrita Patterson Updated:
A Memphis teen was set to graduate in July, but this week he became one of the city’s latest victims of homicide. Friends and family of the teenager came together for a candlelight vigil Tuesday night. However, gunfire erupted yet again when several shooters opened fire. His family is calling what happened an act of revenge, but are also praying the violence will stop.
Dozens came out to remember Eric Niles, 19, when the unimaginable happened.
"A few cars just rode past shooting," the victim’s older brother Eddie Niles recalled.
Eddie said he is still struggling to make sense of why his baby brother, out of seven siblings--was shot to death. Eddie also wants to know who would bring even more violence to his mother's home.
"Over 100-something shots," Eddie Niles said.
Eric was one of two gunned down at the Sycamore Lake Apartments Monday night. Police said what happened at the apartment complex was a botched robbery that took a deadly turn.
“He made a bad decision," Eddie said.
Just 24 hours after the fatal shooting, friends and family came together to remember the teen--who two weeks before celebrated his birthday.
"There's enough violence going on in Memphis,” Eddie said. “We should try to find some peace on both sides."
Eddie said what happened during the vigil, was anything but peaceful.
"Ducking, running, screaming,” Eddie recalled. “Kids were out here falling and crying. It was scary."
Making matters worse, Eddie Niles said the shooters came to the candlelight vigil, before eventually getting into their cars and firing off dozens of rounds. Eddie believes what happened was a case of retaliation.
"Both sides are hurting, I can't understand why it's an ongoing thing,” Eddie said. “We didn't have anything to do with it."
Detectives with the Sheriff's department told FOX 13, it's believed both shootings are connected--but so far no arrests have been made.
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