BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Members of the community gathered in remembrance of a young boy who was killed one year ago.
While watching fireworks on Donovan Drive, 3-year-old Shaquelle Walker was fatally shot. Three adults were also shot.
The Ferry Grider Apartment Complex on east ferry street was filled with music, dancing and a lot of food. People who knew Shaquelle best say he would have loved to see everyone gathering in his neighborhood like this.
“What we wanted to do was honor the family. Bring the community together and celebrate a life, although it’s been taken and just let the family know we haven’t forgot about him and we care and about him,” said Linda Henderson, who helped organize the event.
The event called “It’s a Family Affair” went from 1-4 p.m. During the event Urban Cuts Barber Shop gave free haircuts to children. There was also a live DJ, food, non-alcoholic drinks, and a clothes and books giveaway.
“We want this to be a fun event, not a sad event,” Henderson said.
The event is sponsored by The Law Offices of John V. Elmore. Elmore says “It is imperative for not only our elected officials and community activists to fight to create change, but also our business leaders. My daughter and I are pleased to play a role in honoring the memory of an innocent child whose life was stolen by senseless gun violence.”
“I know to some degree the number of homicides in Buffalo is down significantly, and I think that is, to some degree, due to a partnership between law enforcement and the community, that wasn’t there this time when this happened,” Elmore said.
“In light of everything that’s happened, it’s bringing everyone together,” Henderson said. “We’re no longer just concerned about ourselves. We have a lot of people reaching out to people. We still have a long way to go, a long way to go but we want to put hope back in the community.”