Community gathers in vigil to remember gunshot victim

By Week Reporter

June 21, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 1:03 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Nearly 100 people gathered Thursday night to remember Peoria's seventh homicide victim.

Twenty-three year old Robreco King had been involved at an altercation early Monday morning before he was found dead at the 400 block of New Street, the victim of multiple gun shot wounds.

Friends and family of Robreco gathered in a candlelit vigil to remember their loved one.

Members of the community called it a tragic lesson, and a wake up call for the young people in the community.

"Most people don't realize that we sometimes have to get involved in order for us to make things happen," said Reverend Dwayne Hopson of Good News Baptist Church. "We have to act vigilantly and diligently to stop these things ourselves. Sometimes you know we see things happen and we won't say anything. Sometimes we have to make a stand."

"It's a healing process for the community because we have lost so many young peoples in gun violence," said Robreco's great uncle, Andrew Wallace Sr. "So we want to let the community know that we got to stand together as a community to fight this thing together."

The shooting prompted the Peoria Police Department to activate their "Don't Shoot Task Force," beefing up police presence in hot spots around the city.

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