Approximately 70 residents were on hand for a memorial candlelight vigil June 22 at the Wabbaseka Community Park in honor of one of the community’s native sons, Trevarland Smith, according to a news release.


Smith was murdered June 23, 2018.


The vigil coincided with the observance of National Gun Violence Awareness Month and Day in which people against gun violence asked the community and supporters to wear orange.


Wyndolyn Smith Adams, the mother of the victim, said it is important for her to recognize the impact gun violence has on so many innocent victims, according to the news release.


“This vigil is recognizing the senseless and irresponsible use of guns that destroys lives and causes families devastation and heartbreak. It is also part of the healing process for me,” Adams said.


Adams, along with close friends of Trevarland Smith, celebrated his memory with a tree planting ceremony and candle lighting.


“Gun Violence Awareness Month was created in an effort to raise awareness surrounding the issue of needless and senseless gun violence in communities across the United States and to concentrate annual heightened attention to gun violence and gun safety each June,” according to the release. “National Gun Violence Awareness Day asks everyone who believes we can do more to save American lives from gun violence to do one simple thing: Wear Orange. Originating in hunting culture, wear orange acknowledges that America has a proud heritage of responsible gun ownership and reflects the value of human life.”


For information on gun violence prevention and National Gun Violence Awareness Day, visit the American Public Health Association at https://www.apha.org.