Vigil held for Mayport murder victim

By Ashley Harding, General assignment reporter, aharding@wjxt.com
Chris Robbins, Evening newscast producer, crobbins@wjxt.com
Published On: Aug 06 2014 10:59:47 AM EDT
Updated On: Jul 19 2014 11:47:50 PM EDT

VIDEO: Hundreds stood to honor the memory and life of Harold "Breion" Long with a candlelight vigil. The 19-year-old was killed in a drive-by shooting, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is still searching for his killer.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

A grieving family stood together Saturday as they honored their loved one.

Harold "Breion" Long, 19, was killed in a drive-by shooting in a Mayport neighborhood on July 14.

Police said Long was standing near the road on Cypress Landing Drive when a white car pulled up and several shots were fired. Long then ran to a backyard where he collapsed and died.

Police are still looking for the person responsible.

More than 100 family members and friends gathered Saturday for a candlelight vigil at Donner Park in Atlantic Beach in Long's memory.

"The violence and everything that's going on, it's just ridiculous," said Tony Curry, Long's uncle. "I don't know how, I just want to come together to try to put a stop to it."

Curry said he was at a loss for words when he heard about the violent death of his nephew.

His family acknowledges Long had a lengthy criminal record, but said he had been working to make a change.

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"He strived, even though he made mistakes, he strived to be better," said Rineka Williams, Long's cousin. "He said all the time, 'Cousin, I'm going to get better. I'm going to do it.' He strived to be a better person."

As Long's loved ones grieve this loss, their hope is to soon have answers.

"I know he's in a better place. I know he's here to protect me now," said Williams. "So that gives me lots of spirit to move forward and get justice for him."

The family tells News4Jax Long will be laid to rest in one week.

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