Vigil held to celebrate life of shooting victim

DeAndre Oliver was shot to death on May 3 on Glennbrook Drive in Durham

June 30, 2013 6:20:35 AM PDT
A vigil was held Saturday for DeAndre Oliver where he was gunned down. The 21-year-old was shot in May and according his mother, he was killed in the front yard of his home.

There was a barrage of bullets and the house is now riddled with holes where the shots were fired.

Oliver's cousin Kelvin Moses attended the vigil. "It's been a hard time. I aint been able to sleep the only thing I can do is go to work. But he was a good person. Loved to smile. Loved to joke, " he said.

The family held a celebration of life gathering, inviting anyone from the public to come.

Oliver's mother said she doesn't want others to experience what she is left with. "People need to stop this senselessness," Robin Oliver said.

Oliver's death is one in a string of homicides and violence in the city.

The Religious Coalition of Nonviolent Durham sponsored the vigil hoping to see an end to the bloodshed.

Oliver leaves behind a 6-month-old daughter and had another child on the way.

His girlfriend learned they were expecting their second child together right before he was killed.

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