It's the kind of pain that never goes away. Loved ones of 20-year-old murder victim, Quinton Conyers, consoled each other Tuesday night, while lighting candles in Pollard Park.
Richmond Police still don't know who shot Conyers in an alley near Moss Side Avenue last month. Investigators suspect he was robbed, but what led to gunfire still isn't clear.
Quinton's family not only wanted to honor his memory, but anyone who has lost their life at the hands of someone else. They chose September 25, the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims, to come together for a twilight vigil. They prayed for Quinton, his relatives, and any family who's experienced the same pain.
Candles were lit, and then the flames were blown out moments later, symbolizing Quinton's short life.
"I'm sure he's (Quinton) happy. I know him, the caliber of the person he is. Not even death could stop him from being happy," said Terry Conyers, Quinton's father.
Terry Conyers says his son devoted his happiness to others. He was a youth mentor at his church, and known as always willing to help neighbors with car repairs. Quinton's sister, Emerald Conyers, says he couldn't wait to show off his new bike, which he had gotten the day he was killed.
"He was really excited about getting that new motorcycle or scooter that day," said Emerald, through tear-filled eyes.
However, Quinton's chance at a carefree ride wouldn't last. Now, his family says they hope God will reach the person who killed him.
"My son is gone. I pray for them (those who killed Quinton)," said Terry.
Richmond police gave their sympathies at the vigil, and spoke to the crowd. Investigators said they have some good leads on the case, but need people who were there that night to come forward with information.
"Anybody out there who may know any information on my brother's death, I'd like for them to come forward," pleaded Emerald.
Detectives say little evidence was left at the scene. That's part of why officers haven't yet tracked down his killer. Anyone who knows anything should call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.
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