SYRACUSE, NY (WSYR-TV) - A vigil for one of Syracuse’s youngest shooting victims was held on the south side of Syracuse. Rashad Walker Jr. would have turned 4-years old on Sunday.
Then just 20-months old, Walker Jr. was shot and killed two and a half years ago.
The victim of a gang-related shooting, Police said the bullets were meant for his father.
Rashad Walker Sr. talked to NewsChannel 9 Sunday night and said it’s important for people to remember his son.
“He was a good kid. I wish he was here today,” said Walker Sr. “Today is for my son's birthday. It's important to me because he's a loving memory that is gone right now but we'll be to him in heaven in a while.
A picture of Walker Jr. was surrounded by balloons and candles. His grandmother, Renee Beswick, said she hopes it serves as a reminder.
“I want people to hopefully look at this and when they go to conspire to do something that they can think about what happened to him and that will change their mind on what they plan to do,” said Renee Beswick.
The family said it plans to hold a vigil for Walker Jr. every year so people will see his young face and stop the violence.
“And hopefully somebody will get the message, you know, enough is enough. Drop the guns. Come out with your hands up and surrender because nobody deserves to die like this,” said Beswick.
Saquan Evans, the rival gang member who shot and killed walker junior, is serving 40 years to life in prison.
Walker Sr. has been suspected of being involved in several other gang-related shootings.
He was initially arrested for shooting a man in the neck last year but was freed because the prosecution's only witness did not cooperate.