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'He was a fun, loving kid': Family holds vigil for Lansing teen shot, killed

Posted at 5:59 AM, Aug 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-07 06:25:46-04

LANSING, Mich. — The family of a slain teen is speaking out for the first time following a shooting at Ferris Park that left one dead and two injured.

Taijon Gant's loved ones gathered for a candle light vigil to remember his life.

Fox 47's Cryss Walker was there.

Hundreds of people gathered at Ferris Park Tuesday night to light candles and send prayers of comfort to grieving hearts.

Gant, 17, was shot and killed Monday night at the park following a verbal dispute with another group that escalated to gunfire.

“Selfish act, senseless act,” said Gant’s grand-mother Gloria Pearl Jones.

“I don't want to see any more bloodshed. It has to stop.”

Family and friends held each other tight while crying out in disbelief of the tragedy that cut the teen's life short.

“It warms my heart to know that so many people loved him because he was a lovable kid, that's just how he was,” Jones said.

“He was a fun, loving kid.”

A 16-year-old and a 19-year-old were also shot Monday night at Ferris Park.

They're said to be stable in the hospital.

Police say they have a "person of interest" in custody for the shooting.

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