Vigil against violence held for Durham man murdered in February

DURHAM, North Carolina (WTVD) -- On Saturday, people in Durham came together to remember a 21-year-old man who was gunned down in February.

Edward Young III was shot and killed at the Red Roof Inn off Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard.

His mother, Brenda Young, told ABC 11 not a day goes by that she doesn't think about her son's murder.

"It's hard. That was my baby. He didn't deserve this. Speaking out on his behalf is very emotional for me," Young said.

There were pictures of Edward Young III on display during the vigil, which was held at the Stonehill subdivision park. The community also had a memorial quilt with the names of people who have been murdered in Durham.

Brenda said the vigil's message is to stop the violence.

"All the people that's out here killing, you're not only hurting the mothers, you're hurting everyone around. You're hurting people's friends. You're just hurting everybody."

Alexis Joyner is in jail after being charged with Young's murder.

The 19-year-old's mom and Brenda Young hugged after Joyner's first court appearance in February.

Brenda said that Joyner's mom couldn't be at the vigil because she is in the hospital.

The vigil ended with prayer and a balloon release.
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