QUINCY — More than 100 supporters gathered outside Saturday night holding candles, balloons, and signs to mourn the loss of Victor Otoadese, 21, a victim in a double shooting in Roxbury last Wednesday.
Otoadese’s mother, Jacqueline Mikell, was walked to the vigil from her home to basketball courts across the street.
“I would have never though in a million years that this would be my turn,” she yelled from her seat in the middle of the circled crowd in Quincy.
“My son was a peacemaker. This violence has to stop.”
Around 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Otoadese and another man were shot at Longmeadow and Batchelder streets in Roxbury, police said. Anyone with information is urged to call the Boston Police Homicide Unit at 617-343-4470.
Attendees at the vigil spoke, sang, and prayed for Otoadese as well as the other man wounded in the shooting, whom they referred to as Sean.
A spokeswoman for Boston police, who have not released the identify of the second victim, said the second victim is on life support and in grave condition at Boston Medical Center.
“I don’t want another to feel what I’m feeling and what Sean’s mother is feeling,” said Mikell.
Friends recalled moments and stories as dozens of candles illuminated morose faces. The crowd embraced one another as some wept. Others sang along with “Amazing Grace” and joined in prayer.
“Victor was all about peace,” said his younger sister Obehi Otoadese, 14. “He just wanted everybody to be happy.”