MINNEAPOLIS - More than 100 family, friends, and community leaders gathered Saturday afternoon to not only honor the life of 5-year old Nizzel George, but to spur on change.
"At what point does a community rise up and say no more," shouted Don Samuels, a Minneapolis city councilman. "Kids are getting guns from grown-ups and those grown-ups are getting away with murder."
The vigil was another step in the right direction after Minneapolis police arrested two suspects Thursday night in connection with Tuesday's shooting. Police say shots were fired into the home, one of them striking Nizzel.
"I'm glad we got some type of justice," said Cornelius George, the father of Nizzel. "He's gone, but he's still here in spirit no matter what."
The arrests bring some form of comfort, but the pain and frustration continues for the neighborhood and those close the family. It's one reason why those who organized Saturday's community vigil spoke about turning anger into action.
"We need to come together again," said Samuels. "This block can do it and it can start here."
Community leaders urged those in attendance to get involved in block clubs, churches, and in mentorship of young people.
Jimmie Edwards said he needed to be at the event in order to do his part to end the violence. In 2002, his daughter Tyesha was doing homework at the kitchen table in their south Minneapolis home, when a stray bullet came through the walls hitting and killing her.
"These are innocent children caught in the crossfire," he said. "We have to educate our children. This is a start. "
A funeral for Nizzel George is planned for Tuesday.
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