CLEVELAND—People are demanding change as a family grieves the loss of a 5-year old Cleveland boy. Family, friends, and leaders in an east side neighborhood are coming together to say enough is enough when it comes to gun violence.
This response from the community comes after the Friday shooting death of Ramon Burnett. Police tell Fox 8 he was the victim of a drive by shooting near his family’s home on Louise Harris Court.
Cleveland police charged Dontavious Williams with aggravated murder in connection with the case.
Meanwhile, on Sunday night people came together to stand against the violence that took the life of the little boy.
"It shouldn't take this for us to realize that it's time to stop, wake up, join, to unite, not destroy each other," Sadie Russell said.
Russell tells Fox 8 she is Burnett’s cousin.
"We lost a five year old little cousin, a son, a grandson, a nephew and it's time for us to stop.”
"I've got two kids of my own and I'd hate to lose my kid to somebody else's beef because someone want to come out here and start shooting,” said Master Hobbes, who attended the vigil.
On Sunday, a memorial of balloons and stuffed animals continued to grow, all in the name of the little boy who lost his life.
“Aren't we tired of this, haven't we had enough, what more can we do?” asked Phyllis Cleveland, Councilwoman in Cleveland’s Ward 5.
Councilwoman Cleveland was just one of the many people out in the community, talking about what can be done to stop the violence.
"Programming is a need, there is not a lot for some of the younger teens to do, education, job training.”
"It's devastating and I think even the hardest hearted person out there felt this one,” she said.
Cleveland Police tell Fox 8 another person was picked up over the weekend, Marlon Hackett Jr.
They said he is in currently in custody, but has not been officially charged with anything at this point.