Vigil held for shooting victim, police make another arrest

By Ed Brock

As the arrests continue in connection with the gang shootout that ended the life of 4-year-old Trevon Wilson, another candlelight vigil was held in his memory.

Riverdale police arrested Jenario Clayton, 18, on Tuesday in connection with the shooting, Riverdale interim Police Chief Greg Barney said, and many more arrests are forthcoming.

"We're not near the end yet," Barney said.

Last week police arrested Deontrez Williams, 22, of Fayetteville and a 16-year-old boy and charged them with felony murder. The charges stem from a June 6 gun battle between rival gangs that broke out in Riverdale Park on Church Street. Wednesday night a group of 50 to 60 people gathered at the spot where a stray bullet from that shootout killed Wilson as he was walking his bicycle with his grandmother.

Standing before a memorial of dolls and toys beneath a picture of Wilson, members of the crowd took turns speaking.

"Today is my birthday, and I thought of no better way to spend it," said Naomi Kennedy Caldwell, mother of Riverdale High School student Marcus Johnson, who in February was also killed by a stray bullet from a shootout in Atlanta.

Johnson's cousin, Antonio Lindsey, who recently graduated from Riverdale High School, was also there.

"Right now my knees are shaking," Lindsey said. "You continuously ask why another one ? why another young black male?"

Former Los Angeles gang member Donnie Hunter of Atlanta, who helped negotiate a truce between the Crips and Bloods, Los Angeles' two most notorious gangs, urged the people to band together and give young people more activities to keep them off the streets.

"This hurts me to my heart to see little babies getting hit," Hunter said. "I did a lot of things when I was younger, but this wasn't one of them."

Williams is due in Clayton County Magistrate Court at 8 a.m. today for a preliminary hearing.