City police ask that anyone with details about the fatal shooting of Courtney Wright call them at 561-822-1900 or Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County at 800-458-TIPS (8477).
WEST PALM BEACH - Angela Williams estimates she has attended 440 funerals for victims of violence since she founded the Mothers Against Murderers Association 16 years ago.
She will add to that list after the slaying of her nephew, Courtney Wright, a 40-year-old father of four, on Sunday night in West Palm Beach.
Williams and about 50 people, including relatives, friends and community members, gathered in the city Tuesday night to remember Wright during a candlelight vigil. They gathered along a stretch of Tamarind Avenue - the same street where Wright was fatally shot - to comfort each other through song and prayer.
The crowd lit candles and released balloons into the night sky. Police blocked opposite ends of the roadway, and West Palm Beach Police Chief Frank Adderley was among those present. Williams founded the Mothers Against Murders Association in 2003 after the shooting death of another nephew, Torrey Manuel.
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"It’s very emotional to see my family have to go through this again," she said Tuesday night. "But I’m glad we were able to do (the vigil). And I’m so, so glad to see the police presence and the community that came out. He was well loved by family and the community. "
Police say that Wright was shot Sunday when someone opened fire on a crowd during a block party on the 1800 block of North Tamarind Avenue, between 17th and 18th streets. He died shortly after being taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center.
Two other people were wounded in the shooting.
Wright is the 12th confirmed homicide victim in West Palm Beach and the 64th in Palm Beach County this year, a Palm Beach Post database shows. There were 28 homicides in the city and 101 across the county in 2018, according to the database.
On Tuesday night, Wright’s relatives pleaded for anyone with information about the shooting and the suspect to come forward.
"He was somebody’s child," Williams said. "You just left four kids without a father. Now they have to grow up knowing their dad can’t see them anymore."
City police ask anyone with information about Sunday night’s shooting to call either them at 561-822-1900 or Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County at 800-458-TIPS (8477).