Jamie and Jamal Jenkins were killed early Saturday morning in Northeast D.C.
Hundreds of people came out for the vigil. It was a clear sign that they are fed up with the violence and the killings. They are saying enough is enough and taking a stand for their community and their children.
“It's the guns. We need to control it. Because not only my daughter and son [are] going to be missing, it's going to be some other stuff going on too,” said Jamal’s father, James Jenkins, to the crowd at the vigil.
“I'm not going to see my kids gunned down in the street and it just goes ... Laws need to be changed about these guns,” said Jamie’s father, Joshua Young.
They are two fathers struggling to understand the murder of their children.
28-year-old Jamie Jenkins and 21-year-old Jamal Jenkins were shot dead after a robbery in the 5300 block of East Capitol Street.
They were innocent victims of gun violence and the community is fed up.
City officials are fed up too. Mayor Vincent Gray attended the vigil to offer his support to the grieving families.
“It's hard to say anything to really make a family member feel better about one of their family members having been killed,” said Mayor Gray. “I think a part of it is making sure you participate in events like this. You try to be as supportive as you possibly can and then you try to catch the perpetrators."
The vigil not only remembered Jamie and Jamal, but Anthony Chase and Eric Leeper. The two were like brothers. Both were shot and killed last week in the 300 block of Ridge Road in Southeast.
Thomas Byrd knew Chase and says Anthony was a young man who had turned his life around and was full of promise.
“We need to start coming together and celebrate our kids going to college,” said Byrd. “Showing success stories for them. And too many times, we don’t see that side of our kids, and our kids need that extra push from the adults, the community and mass media."
As the community prays for comfort and an end to the violence, they also hope to turn their anger and frustration into action. A united front against the violence claiming too many innocent lives.
Police have made no arrests in any of the killings. They continue to ask for the community's assistance in bringing the gunmen to justice.