Family holds candlelight vigil for 1-year-old Rasheem Scriven

Candle light vigil for 1-year-old Rasheem Scriven

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Family and friends gathered Thursday night to hold a prayer vigil for 1-year-old Rasheem Scriven. He's the child who was shot and killed yesterday after deputies said a teen mishandled a gun.

This is definitely a difficult time for the family. The news about 1-year-old Rasheem has reached many across the area who can't seem to wrap their mind around this devastation.

More than 40 loved ones headed out to the home of 1-year-old Rasheem Scriven on Holden Drive. For most of the vigil folks seemed to be at a loss for words, wondering how something like this could happen and why it had to happen to Rasheem. Balloons, candles and many tears flowed as people remembered the precious life taken too soon.

"This is a trying time for the family of course," Tonia Bell said. "The devastation lost for their son Rasheem."

"Guns and violence - it just got to stop. 1-year-old innocent life gone. Gone to soon," Gina Robinson said.

"I was at work when I got the phone call and when I got the phone call I had 10 missed calls when I went to my lunch break," said Chenica Garnette. "And it was all from my momma, so my heart literally dropped."

A cousin of Rasheem could only sum this devastation up by saying, "God does not make any mistakes."

She hopes the loss of Rasheem will encourage people to take extra precautions while handling firearms.

The family is in the process of finalizing funeral arrangements for Rasheem.

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