CONCORD, N.C. — More than 100 people gathered Friday night to remember 13-year-old Avenanna Propst and 31-year-old Derron Jordan.
The two cousins were killed in two separate shootings last weekend in Concord.
Jordan was killed on Lincoln Street and Propst was shot to death outside Concord Mills mall.
"She spent the night,” said Shandoyna Massey, Avenanna and Jordan’s cousin. “We met almost every weekend, every Sunday. ‘Shandoyna, can I go to your house?’ I'm going to miss that."
Avenanna and Propst were killed hours apart on the same day. The crimes were not connected.
Avenanna was hit by a stray bullet when two groups were fighting outside the mall.
Mothers of Murdered Offspring organized the remembrance.
"It just lets me know that our community loves and supports us," Massey said.
Jordan was shot and killed a few feet from where the service was held.
"It's a shock, whenever it hits, your family, and it's a big wake-up call,” Jordan’s aunt Angela Thomas said. “A very big wake up call."
Police arrested two suspects, Dontae Milton-Black, 18, and a 15-year-old boy in Avenanna’s death. They are facing first-degree murder charges.
Omarrion Hudson, 16, was apprehended by U.S. marshals in Connecticut and was charged with first-degree murder in Jordan’s killing.
"I don't know what justice looks like at the end of the day,” Thomas said. “Aveanna and Derron are not coming back."
Massey said, “As long as we know, in our heart, that those babies made it over to heaven, it’s well with our soul.”
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