Family and friends remember Trayvon Harris

Trayvon Harris' mother says she moved him to Peoria from Chicago to keep him safe and out of trouble. As it turned out, moving away from the violence didn't stop her son from falling victim to it.

"I left there to give my boys a fighting chance at life to be standing here today and lose one." Travonne Little says.

Trayvon Harris was just 2 years old when his mom moved he and his 2 siblings to Peoria, hoping her children wouldn't grow up hearing gunshots. Just 14 years later, the boy described as a great baker, dancer, sometimes headstrong, but always smiling, fell victim in a Sunday shooting at Columbia Terrace and Broadway in Peoria.

Today she and other loved ones gathered at the Gateway Building where Peoria Community Against Violence held a stand up for peace.  

"I used to tell Tray, I'd say 'Tray, what's the word for today?' and he'd look at me with that smile and say 'Stay intelligent grandpa, stay intelligent.' I guess over the weekend he didn't." Trayvon's Grandfather says.

"I told him, I said, 'Please, baby, I want you to do right, I don't want your mama to feel like I feel when I lost your brother last year.'" A relative says, addressing the crowd at the podium.

Little says she's lost a brother, step-son, cousin and now her 16-year-old boy to violence. 

"It's like we're standing in line waiting to go. I don't want to stand in that line." Little says.

Little is committed to making sure her son's death isn't in vain.

"I didn't think I could do it today but I'm here in hopes to save a life of another young child." Little said. "We need to start filling our kids time with meaningful useful things. They have too much time on the street, on Facebook."

As family and friends prepare to say goodbye, they're keeping memories of Trayvon alive through their work to make sure this doesn't happen again.

"He's resting, I'm not resting." Little says.

The other 16-year-old survivor of the shooting was arrested for Harris' murder. Although, Little says having a suspect in custody doesn't give her relief, because, as she says, it's another child that killed her son.

 


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