Community Gathers to Remember Man Fatally Shot and to Call for an End to Violence in Their Neighborhood

One week ago two teenagers approached, shot and killed 46-year-old Kevin Spelmon at Emerald Hills Neighborhood Park

A week after he was shot and killed by two unknown suspects, Kevin Spelmon’s family, friends and community gathered to remember the man they lost.

“He was there for you, that's the type of person Kevin was, one of the most loyal people I knew in my life,” Spelmon’s sister Shalonda Spelmon told NBC 7. “This is the way we come together as a community to acknowledge a loss in our community.”

One week ago two teenagers approached, shot and killed 46-year-old Spelmon while he was working on his car at Emerald Hills Neighborhood Park.

Police said the two gunmen took off on foot and then possibly got away in a car. 

“He was a loving, family guy. He didn't bother anybody, so all of this is very hard for me to take,” Spelmon’s mother Ernestine Douglas explained. “I thought this was an important event for me to attend...because it's about my son.”

But as they remembered Spelmon they were reminded of the violence that too often disrupts their community.

“Somebody between the ages of 14 and 17 killed my brother. He's 46 years old. This has got to stop, this is ridiculous,” his sister said.

“We want violence to be free in our community. We've had enough of that,” Bishop Cornelius Bowser agreed. “Instead of seeing a loss of life…we want these type of senseless acts to stop.”

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