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Vigil held for boy killed in hit-and-run

Friends family Malik Herrcomfort boy's grandmother RamonHerras she sobs during vigil held for him Monday night April 14 2014. |

Friends and family of Malik Herron comfort the boy's grandmother, Ramona Herron, as she sobs during a vigil held for him Monday night, April 14, 2014. | Michelle L. Quinn~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: May 16, 2014 6:42AM



GARY — As friends and family gathered Monday night at 49th Avenue and Vermont Street to mourn the death of 13-year-old Malik Herron, one of the kids turned on the “Dlow Shuffle.”

The boy’s grandfather, Lenn Sommerville, smiled, if only for a moment.

“That was his song,” Sommerville said, recalling how his grandson liked to show off his dance moves. “He loved dancing and was just an outgoing person.”

At least 30 people gathered around a makeshift shrine to the boy during a candlelight vigil and called for better policing of the city’s streets.

Malik was killed Saturday night when a speeding truck jumped a curb and hit him and a 17-year-old boy with whom he and his siblings were hanging out.

Gary police said they believe they have the hit-and-run truck and may know who was driving it.

Darryl Gaines, of Merrillville, said he was driving by Saturday night when he saw the aftermath of the accident, with Malik lying on the ground. Gaines led the group in prayer.

“People drive through the city like it’s a racetrack,” he said afterward. “And then you either see no police cars or they’re officers in plainclothes, and they’re off duty. It’s a shame.”

Ramona Herron, the boy’s grandmother, sobbed uncontrollably and was led away from the vigil for a moment to collect herself. She too recalled her grandson’s love of dance.

“He’d be at my house, and he’d say, ‘Grandma, let me show you my dance moves,’” Herron said before breaking down again.

Monik Herron, the boy’s mother, stood stoically as the sleet soaked her coat. She asked for one thing.

“Just pray for us,” she said.

Michelle L. Quinn



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