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Vigil scheduled for shooting victim: 'violence will not be tolerated'

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An East Texas community is coming together to remember a young Tyler woman who was killed in a shooting Tuesday evening.

A local pastor will lead a short prayer during a candlelight vigil Saturday night at the park where the woman was killed. The park is P.T. Cole Park off of Vine Avenue in North Tyler.  The pastor says the message is simple-- "violence will not be tolerated."

"Her memory lives on," says New Generation Baptist Church Senior Pastor Damien Williams.

A bouquet of balloons are tied to a post in the park where 20-year-old Briana Young was killed. The balloons read "I love you" and "We'll miss you."

"We have to stop these senseless killings. It's unfounded... baseless and now an innocent young lady's life is gone because thugs want to come by and do something as crazy as what happened here this past week," Williams says.

Police say Young was an innocent bystander at the park Tuesday when she was caught in the cross-fire of suspected gang members.

"She really didn't have anything to do with the subjects that were shooting at each other," said Don Martin, the Public Information Officer with Tyler Police.

"What started out as crypts and bloods in Los Angeles, California has come to East Texas. That's the reality of where we are,"  he says.

Williams, who is the senior pastor at Briana's family's church will lead a prayer Saturday night at 8 p.m. He says, regardless of denomination, everyone will pray for Briana's family and for God to intervene in the violence.

"One thing that hits all of us is pain. It doesn't matter what denomination, what religion, what creed. Tomorrow we want to come together as a community," he says.

Though, Tyler Police are still looking for suspects in the shooting that claimed Briana's life, Pastor Williams is confident that those responsible will be held accountable and through faith, the community will overcome this tragedy together.

"We will have tragedies but we will overcome because as a community we will come together. As a church under the blood of Jesus Christ, we will come together. The reality is, nobody can stop what God is trying to do," says Williams.

The vigil will be held on Saturday at P.T. Cole park from 8-9 p.m. A tragedy fund has been set up in Briana Young's name at Southside Bank.      She leaves behind a three-year-old son. He was with her at the park when the shooting happened, but was not hurt.

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