Tears, Prayers and Song at Vigil for Slain Teen Mother

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EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio --

Family and friends turned out Thursday evening to remember a young mother, shot to death as she was caught in the crossfire during a street fight.

More than 100 people sang, prayed and cried during a candlelight vigil at the spot where 18-year-old Denajua Delaney was shot to death Wednesday afternoon. Police say Delaney, known as "Bubblez," was caught in the crossfire during a huge fight between groups of girls on Garfield Avenue in East Cleveland.

"I come in the house, my momma crying. I'm like, 'What's wrong?' and she's like, 'Bubblez got shot.' I'm just thinking my sister's OK, but then we get up to the hospital, they come out saying she didn't make it," recalled sister Carisa Evans.

Delaney was the mother of a 7-month-old boy. Relatives say she's one of 12 children in a very close-knit family.

"And when I needed someone to laugh, she was always someone to go to, she always make you laugh. She always had a smile on her face, always had a new hairstyle," said brother Jhondral White.

"Every time I look at my phone, I see her face. I couldn't sleep last night," said sister Balisha Jefferies.

"She had a big Kool-Aid smile on her, and I'm gonna miss that...I'm gonna miss that," said White.

Denajua's father says he's overwhelmed by the community support. He says he always stressed the importance of education to his children, in hopes they would avoid a situation like this.

"It's not about getting revenge, it's about getting justice and giving it to the Lord, and let the Lord handle it, and this is what I'm telling my kids. No revenge, no retaliation, let justice handle it," said Evans Delaney.

East Cleveland police continue to search for the person who pulled the trigger.