MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Tears, heartache, and a Memphis community asking themselves ‘Why?’
Friends and family of a 17-year-old gunned down while on the job gathered for a candlelight vigil Monday in his honor.
“Somebody’s got to have a voice for Contario because he didn’t deserve for this to happen to him,” said Carmen Sevion.
Carmen Sevion is grieving the death of her first grandson, 17-year-old Contario Sevion.
“They broke me in a million pieces. They broke us all when they took my baby away from us like that,” she said.
Contario was gunned down while working at Five Guys on Ridgeway Road on September 15.
His family said he was taking out the trash when he was shot.
“For someone to come and gun him and ambush him, that I don’t see how that’s right in anybody’s world,” his grandmother said.
Memphis police arrested two teens in connection to Contario’s death.
19-year-old Zavon Payne is facing a facilitation first-degree murder charge. A 16-year-old, who has not been named due to his age, is facing murder charges.
“For the kids that did that, Lord have mercy on your soul,” his grandmother said.
On Monday, Contario’s friends and family returned to the scene of the crime for a candlelight vigil in his honor.
His aunt, Tonisha Sevion, said Contario was a student at Melrose High School and a soon-to-be father.
“He was out here to do right and become a daddy,” she said. “It was his mission to make his mama proud to graduate.”
Now left with only the memories to hold on to, Contario’s family says they just want justice.
“Life is not a game. It’s serious. When you take someone’s life, it is serious,” his grandmother said.
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