Akinleye Warner remembered at Northwest Branch Trail
LANGLEY PARK, Md. (WJLA) – On Monday night, there were prayers at the spot on the Northwest Branch Trail where 19-year-old Akinleye Warner was stabbed to death just nine nights ago.
Warner's stepmother was so overcome with grief that an ambulance had to be called. His father Orin also found it difficult to be there.
"My son was on the street dying, and nobody called me -- nothing, nothing, nothing," he said.
Orin says he and his son came to the U.S. four years ago with dreams of a better life. He still loves America, but cannot believe gang violence like this goes on outside the nation's capital.
Police say Warner went to the park that night with three friends, one of whom planned to do a drug deal. Then, Warner was stabbed by three young teens who were all later arrested.
Before going to the murder scene, speakers rallied against violence, saying kids have to be protected from gangs.
"That is the MO, to get them very young, to get some that are homeless or fatherless," explained Bob Ross with Prince George's County NAACP.
"That is why we are coming together as a family, as a community, to say stop the violence," said Gustavo Torres from Casa de Maryland.
Teens who know this community say gangs like MS-13 recruit kids in the area.