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Homicide victim mourned at vigil


    Isaiah Garza, left, brother of Kevin Price, speaks to crowd, with father Robert Hammonds, at a vigil for Kevin at Church of the North Coast in Lorain June 20.



    Cherish Hess, right, mother of Kevin Price, receives flowers from Nancy Krasienko at a vigil for Kevin at Church of the North Coast in Lorain June 20.



    Destiny Serrano, sister of Kevin Price, hugs Isaac Garza, at a vigil for Kevin at Church of the North Coast in Lorain June 20.



LORAIN — In the wake of last weekend’s violence, community members rallied around the family and friends of a 16-year-old killed early Sunday morning.

Lorain High School student Kevin Price was shot to death after leaving a party in the city’s south side about 4:30 a.m. Sunday. According to police, several people got into an altercation toward the end of a birthday party in the 300 block of Vine Avenue; Price was shot and died at the scene. Tramaine White, 29, has been labeled as a “person of interest” in Price’s homicide.

Initially scheduled at Oakwood Park, a vigil for the teen was held Thursday evening at Church of the North Coast on Leavitt Road. The ceremony was organized by Kyriece Brooks of Lorain County Stop the Violence, who urged the young people in attendance not to retaliate in reaction to their friend’s violent death. Brooks said he plans to get a street named in Price’s honor.

Speaking from one grieving mother to another, Nancy Krasienko told Price’s family the pain comes in waves and she is open to helping the family ride it out however she can. Krasienko’s daughter, Megan Neer, 30, died in April 2015 from a drug overdose.

“I see so many hearts are broken here,” she said. “What I want you to know is I love every single person here.”

Like Brooks, she also implored attendees to put an end to gun violence, as there are a lot of grieving mothers already in the county.

She presented Price’s mother, Cherish Hess, with a bouquet of artificial flowers and a bracelet Krasienko’s mother had given her before she passed.

Price’s brother, Isaiah Garza, 21, had flown in from Texas to see his baby brother “one last time.” He said he was torn between leaving his young daughter in Texas, and staying with his sisters and other family in Lorain, calling it the hardest decision he’s had to make.

“I’m scared to see that young man again and I know I’m going to get to see him one more time and it will be the last time,” Garza said.

A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help the family with funeral expenses.

Contact Carissa Woytach at (440) 329-7245 or cwoytach@chroniclet.com.

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