Family, friends mourn S.Claiborne shooting victim with memorial

Family, friends mourn S.Claiborne shooting victim with memorial
Family, friends mourn S.Claiborne shooting victim with memorial. (FOX 8 photo)
Family, friends mourn S.Claiborne shooting victim with memorial. (FOX 8 photo)

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A desperate plea tonight to stop gun violence, after Saturday's mass shooting on South Claiborne Avenue. Dozens gathered where shots first rang out to remember lives lost.

Clutching her son's photograph, flanked by family and friends, and holding onto her other son, Reshaw , it's was not what Robin Jackson hoped to be doing Tuesday evening.

"Today's my birthday. Kurshaw…we had plans to bring me out to eat for 6:00 but now I'm doing a vigil for him," said Jackson.

Kurshaw Jackson was one of three people killed when two masked gunmen shot into a crowd of people. The memorial took place on the very corner of the shooting. The police, still pursing leads in trying to make an arrest.

"Whoever did this if you have a heart give yourself up," said Jackson.

Kurshaw's girlfriend, Ari Hickman mourned the loss of a man she said was her best friend.

"He had so much life in him he was full of laughter he would make you laugh," said Hickman.

But tonight's memorial was not only a time to remember Jackson and the others killed, but also a call to action in a community too familiar with violence.

"It hurts so bad, but I'm begging... I'm begging from the bottom of my heart please give yourself up because you're going to continue killing, killing, killing," said Jackson.

Church leaders stood by their neighbors, promising to lean on their religion together to make their neighborhoods safe again.

"Until we get to the root of the causes of this deep, deep issue of violence in our community based on prevention and intervention we will not stop," said Rev. Pat Watson.

With condolences for the family, City Councilmember, Jay Banks labeled Saturday's shooting senseless.

"Whoever was responsible for this doesn't need to be on our streets. Whoever did this need to be in a place where they ought to be, but it's not riding around with us because what they did on this corner they would have done anywhere, and it could have been your mother, your sister, your brother," said Banks.

The memorial continued when Jackson's friends and family walked down this road to release balloons where he collapsed.

It's a painful day for Jackson's family and friends but fighting for justice for her son is a mission she'll never let go.

Jackson said she did not have life insurance taken out on Kurshaw.

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