BOILING SPRING LAKES, NC (WECT) - Loved ones of Keith Vidal gathered for a peace march and candle light vigil on January 18.
Police shot and killed the teenager who has schizophrenia in early January.
Vidal's parents had dialed 9-1-1 during one of their son's ‘schizophrenic episodes'. An officer that responded to the scene shot and killed Vidal during a confrontation. The case has drawn national media attention and is now being investigated by the SBI.
Anthony Owens, a family friend, said he has been in charge of planning the march and vigil.
The march started at 5 p.m. at the intersection of Pee Dee and Lexington Road in Boiling Spring Lakes. The trek ended at Vidal's home around 6 p.m. where the candle light vigil was held.
Owens hopes this march will not only honor Vidal's memory, but raise awareness about those that suffer from mental illness.
"Throw all the negative things you thought away, because once you walk this walk you're putting yourself in someone else's shoes," said Owens.
Owens expected over 300 people to attend the event.
"It takes a community to raise a child," the organizer said. "If the community had been there, that child wouldn't have been shot, so let's get the community together and make sure no more children get shot."