Victim's family: 'We are not going to let this tragedy destroy our city'
TYLER, TX (KLTV) -
Hundreds of candles were lit this evening at P. T. Cole Park in Tyler, the same park where 20-year-old Briana Young lost her life.
Police believe the shooting was gang related. They said Young and her three-year-old son were innocent bystanders caught in the crossfire.
"To just come by and spray in a park where people are playing and people are gathered, it just doesn't make a whole lot of sense," said Damien Williams, Senior Pastor at New Generations Baptist Church.
Young's son made it out unharmed, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.
"Now, the family, her mother and father, are having to raise this child. The mother just retired and now from retirement she going to raise this child, and now she has lost her child. So our hearts are so heavy, but yet we believe that justice will be served and God will still get the glory even after this bad situation," Williams said.
Young's uncle, Stephen Lynch, is trusting in faith to carry the family through.
"In life, we don't get to pick our trials and tribulations; they happen, but one thing we do know is that God is able to take us through. And although he may be invisible, he is a powerful God when you know him for yourself. As the family goes through these things, we are grabbing hold to our faith and leaning on God to give us strength day by day to go through this," Lynch said.
Lynch said he is hoping this vigil honoring her life in the same place it was taken will help the good overcome the bad in this city.
"I know it's bad and certainly, we can't undo what is done, but from this day, we can make a stand. This is our city and no one is going to drive us away. We are not going to let tragedies destroy our city or our park," Lynch said.
Young's family said they refuse to let her death tear them apart.
"Situations like this, although they are tragic, they bring us together, and we are not going to let this situation stop us," Lynch said.
Tyler police are still looking for the suspects involved in the shooting that claimed Young's life.
If you would like to make a donation to Young's family, a fund has been set up in Briana Young's name at Southside Bank in Tyler.
Sunday, August 31 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-31 19:28:29 GMT
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