East Side Vigil Remembers Murdered 17 Year Old

March 29, 2011 Updated Mar 29, 2011 at 11:31 PM EDT

By Lou Chilelli

March 29, 2011 Updated Mar 29, 2011 at 11:31 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) -- There is a unified call to stop the violence in one Buffalo neighborhood... where the community recently lost a 17 year old in a shooting. Family and friends gathered together in the middle of Zelmer Street. They were there to remember 17 year old Tyjohn Taylor. He was shot to death early sunday morning on Crowley Avenue in the city's riverside section. It's another case of street violence.

The victim's cousin Shaneil Thomas has felt the pain of loss before. Police recently made an arrest in her brother's homicide. He was killed eight years ago. "I'm loosing a lot of people in my family. It's just too much at this point...it's too much. Everybody needs to find something to do. It's after school programs for these young boys. It's basketball programs. It's football...everybody just needs to get in something and do what they do and stop being in these streets, Thomas said.

Curb side memorials happen on a regular basis in neighborhoods surrounded by violence. "It is draining. Week after week...to continue to see this type of vigil and to do the funerals and attend to the families, remarked Reverend Darius Pridgen of True Bethel Baptist Church. All of those who spoke...had the same message. the cycle violence and killing has to stop. "And I think that without having some early intervention, especially for these young people who are in elementary school and go back to school tomorrow and accept violence as a way of life, that we are going to continue coming here and we are going to come here more if we don't begin to change our mental outlook," Pridgen added.

Funeral arraignments have been announced. The funeral will take place Monday at 668 Clinton Street in Buffalo, from 11AM to 1PM.