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“Everything needs to stop”: Family of homicide victim preach for peace at vigil

Peoria, Il. (HOI) – A memorial of teddy bears and candles marks the last place Zarious Fair was seen on East Frye street in Peoria, after he was gunned down in a driveway Wednesday night.

More than 60 people gathered at that spot Thursday night for a candlelight vigil.

There were hugs, tears, and worship.

Family and Friends of Zarious also used the time to highlight the teen’s humor. They tell us he was the jokester that loved basketball, and was very focused on his future.

His grandpa says he studied when everyone else was sleeping, and talked a lot about getting to college.

But at the center of conversation’s tonight was ending gun violence in Peoria.

“Everything need to stop. What happened to us just going to the street and just fighting with hands instead of pulling out guns? What happened to the old people  teaching ’em real morals? What happened to the real fathers out here that know how to teach they kid how to be a man and fight with they hands instead of pickin’ up a gun? What happened to that,” said Brianna Funces, Zarious’ aunt.

Dozens of family members tonight, including his twin sister, saying they’re just happy the suspects are behind bars tonight.

A 14-year-old is facing first degree murder charges, an 18-year-old also arrested.



Jenise Rebholz

Evening Anchor, Heart of Illinois ABC

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