Vigil Held for 21st Homicide Victim, 19-year-old Darryl Morris

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By Ashley Thompson

Friends and family gathered at the very spot where their loved one was slain. Many of them came wearing white and holding signs that read 'rest in peace.' It was a time to remember Darryl "DJ" Morris and to reflect on the good times with him. His sister Tiffany Morris says she was one of the first to find out that her brother fell victim to gun violence.

"It was heartbreaking," she says. "I was the first one that knew he was up here, that it happened and it was just devastating. I would never imagine that he would be gone from us so soon."

Morris says her brother was the kind of person anyone could get along with.

"He was very sweet, humble, a hard working man. He was my mother's only son. It was just the two of us and we miss him very much."

Authorities say Darryl Morris was murdered during a robbery. He was just 19 years old. Dozens of people gathered to take a moment of silence and pray for the family.

"I just wanted to show support," says New Life Church Pastor Terry Ellison. "I understand right now that a lot of young people are hurting."

Alabama News Network spoke with several young people who say they are indeed hurting and dealing with the loss of their friend.

"He was a really humble person," says friend Alicia Johnson. "He was the kind of person you could joke with when you were feeling down. I just came out here to pay my respects and I really wish the crime would stop."

"Aw man, I'm just tore up inside," says classmate Javaski Powell. "He was way too young. He had a great future."

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