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.