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Vigil held in SE DC for Leeper, Chase, Jenkins siblings

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WASHINGTON (WJLA) -- More than a hundred people came out to a vigil Monday night in Southeast Washington to remember four young people gunned down in less than four days.

"This shouldn't be happening," said Southeast resident Bonita Yeager.

Several politicians including DC mayor Vincent Gray were on hand as residents expressed frustration and anger over the recent violence.

On Wednesday night, Eric Leeper and Anthony Chase were gunned down on Riggs Road in Southeast, which is where Monday's vigil was held.

"I just hope and pray that whoever it is that did this comes forth," Chase's father Wesley told ABC7. "Because they ain't going to be able to live with themself."

Thomas Byrd, who works in the administrative office at D.C.'s H.D. Woodson High, says he watched Anthony Chase mature into a young man with a promising future. He says Chase graduated in 2012 and dreamed of being a TV news photographer.

"It unfortunate he didn't get that opportunity because [his life] was cut short through senseless violence," Byrd said.

Jamahl and Jamie Jenkins, who were brother and sister, were killed in a separate shooting on Saturday a little over a mile away from the vigil on East Capitol Street.

Jamie had reportedly had her purse snatched after performing go-go music at a club. She went and got her brother Jamahl, and the two were gunned down.

"I got to go through ever day thinking about her!" said an emotional Joshua Young, who was Jamie's father. "That's the last time that I will see my daughter, or hold her. And it's not right!"

No arrests have been made in any of the four murders.

At Monday's vigil the mayor called on anyone with information to come forward and talk to police. All four people killed were in their 20s except for Chase, who was 19.

 

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