Family, friends to hold vigil for teen killed - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Family, friends to hold vigil for teen killed after basketball game

(WMC-TV) - A community gathered Thursday to remember a teen shot and killed near Central High School.

Makeshift memorials surround the Foote Homes community in Downtown Memphis that neighbors said is plagued with violence.

A Booker T. Washington graduate, Jennifer Jones went to school with 17-year-old Terrence Wilkins, who was shot and killed Friday night after a Central High School basketball game.

"He was a funny person," said Jones.  "Always joking, always telling jokes."

Jones said Wilkens was a good student who was dealing with the loss of his father, who was recently sent to prison.

"To me, when we were in school, he was holding up well," said Jones.

Charles Taylor said too many young men in his community turn to violence because they do not have positive role models.

"Nine times out of 10, the people with guns don't have a father figure in the house," said Taylor.

Friends said Wilkins grew up in the Foote Homes community off of Mississippi Boulevard.  A vigil will be held Thursday night at 6:00 p.m.

Memphis police and Memphis City Schools said they believe the shooting was an isolated incident, but are currently reviewing security procedures during after school events.

Wilkens' family declined to speak on camera, but friends said his sense of humor is what everyone will miss the most.

"People will talk about how he used to tell jokes and laugh," said Jones.

"If we would get together and stick together as a whole and try to change it from here from there, it would decrease the problems," said Taylor.  "That was a good young man."

Thursday's vigil for Wilkens will be held in front of Foote Homes at 528 Mississippi Boulevard.

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