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A vigil was held Sunday afternoon on Benham Avenue June 23, 2013 for 16 year old Braxton Barhams who was killed Saturday afternoon in a drive-by shooting. (AP)

A vigil was held Sunday afternoon on Benham Avenue June 23, 2013 for 16 year old Braxton Barhams how was shot and killed Saturday afternoon in a drive by shooting. (Truth Photo By Nick Wesman) (AP)

A vigil was held Sunday afternoon on Benham Avenue June 23, 2013 for 16 year old Braxton Barhams how was shot and killed Saturday afternoon in a drive by shooting. (Truth Photo By Nick Wesman) (AP)

A candlelight vigil was held Sunday evening, June 23, on Benham Avenue for 16-year-old Braxton Barhams, who was shot and killed Saturday afternoon, June 22. Brother Dionell Hill (center) of Agape Missionary Baptist Church talks to people as they hold candles. (AP)

An uncle of Braxton Barhams James Lane pauses at the memorial while the members of the vigil walk the nieghborhood. A candle light vigil was held Sunday evening on Benham Avenue June 23, 2013 for 16 year old Braxton Barhams how was shot and killed Saturday afternoon in a drive by shooting. (Truth Photo By Larry Tebo) (AP)

The father of Braxton Barhams. Kenneth Barhams listens to the speaker. A candle light vigil was held Sunday evening on Benham Avenue June 23, 2013 for 16 year old Braxton Barhams how was shot and killed Saturday afternoon in a drive by shooting. (Truth Photo By Larry Tebo) (AP)

People that gathered at the shooting scene light candles for Braxton Barhams. A candle light vigil was held Sunday evening on Benham Avenue June 23, 2013 for 16 year old Braxton Barhams how was shot and killed Saturday afternoon in a drive by shooting. (Truth Photo By Larry Tebo) (AP)

Pastor Johnnie Allen Sr.(in blue hat) from New Creations Praise and Worship Center, leads the gathering in prayer for the family of Braxton Barhams,before they walk in the neighborhood and return to the scene. A candle light vigil was held Sunday evening on Benham Avenue June 23, 2013 for 16 year old Braxton Barhams how was shot and killed Saturday afternoon in a drive by shooting. (Truth Photo By Larry Tebo) (AP)

Vigil marchers return to the scene of the shooting of Braxton Barhams after they got done with theta walk. A candle light vigil was held Sunday evening on Benham Avenue June 23, 2013 for 16 year old Braxton Barhams how was shot and killed Saturday afternoon in a drive by shooting. (Truth Photo By Larry Tebo) (AP)

A cousin to Braxton Barharms, Deaconess Umicha Baker holds her candle during the vigil. A candle light vigil was held Sunday evening on Benham Avenue June 23, 2013 for 16 year old Braxton Barhams how was shot and killed Saturday afternoon in a drive by shooting. (Truth Photo By Larry Tebo) (AP)

This photograph of Braxton Barhams was on a poster displayed at a memorial at the scene. A candle light vigil was held Sunday evening on Benham Avenue June 23, 2013 for 16 year old Braxton Barhams how was shot and killed Saturday afternoon in a drive by shooting. (Truth Photo By Larry Tebo) (AP)
Teen victim remembered

Posted on June 23, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.

ELKHART — Family, friends and neighbors of Braxton Barhams turned out Sunday, June 23, to remember the 16-year-old who was killed the day before and to show their support for the family.

Barhams was shot and killed Saturday, June 22, while walking home near the intersection of Benham and Garfield avenues.

Sunday’s gathering outside a neighbor’s house slowed traffic on Benham, as dozens showed up to sign a poster that featured photos of Barhams. A candlelight vigil was held later in the evening.

“This was something the community decided they wanted to do and try to show their support,” said Kenneth Barhams, Barhams’ father.

“They’re pretty much praying for the family and praying that we don’t have to see this again because it’s going on too much,” he said. “There’s too much of our young kids shooting each other.”

The elder Barhams said he was at the Elkhart Jazz Festival on Saturday when he received a phone call informing him that his son had been shot.

“I would never have thought I’d be here, I’d be burying my son before I pass away. No parent wants to do that,” he added.

Barhams said his son was like every other teenager who wanted to have fun and spend time with their friends.

“I had just seen him, it wasn’t even more than an hour ago,” added Jeanette Dancler, Barhams’ mother.

“I’m just happy everybody’s thought enough of him to pay their respects and come out just make this thing and show everybody that we need to end this violence,” Kenneth Barhams said.

Elkhart Police issued a release announcing they had arrested a juvenile early Sunday morning in Barhams’ death.