Rasheed's mother speaks to the crowd at her son's memorial service.
Friends and family comfort each other at a memorial service for Rasheed Cherry.
Friends and family gathered Wednesday night to remember Rasheed Cherry.
The crowd, spilling into the street, joins hands in prayer.
CHADBOURN, NC (WECT) – The family of a man shot and killed in Columbus County say police are wrong to call his murder gang-related.
Rasheed Cherry was shot Friday night near a gas station in Chadbourn, according to police. He died in the hospital just before midnight several days later.
"Every time his name is mentioned it's ‘gang, gang, gang'," said Rasheed's aunt Gegorria Cherry. "He wasn't a gang member. Period."
Dozens of people circled around a memorial service Wednesday night just a block away from the gas station where Cherry was hit. Friends and family members spilled onto the street as a wreath with Rasheed's picture stood in the yard.
"The community came out just to show support for him," she said. "That's the kind of impact he had on people."
Police in Chadbourn plan to work with town leaders and local clergy to potentially increase police presence, hire another officer or reinstate a task force.
The plan is too late, according to Rasheed's aunt Shellia Cherry. She said
"I'm sorry, Chadbourn, but you should have been ahead of this," she said. "And to come in and do it after his life is taken is just not right."
The family is making funeral arrangements for Rasheed.