MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - In the days and weeks before her 19 year old son Brandon was murdered in Muskegon, Sharia McPherson says she feared for his safety.
"Oh yes, of course," she says. "I knew some of what was going on, but, at this point, he is an adult and he wants to do what he wants to do. You just hope and pray."
Thursday night, Brandon's family and friends gathered at the corner of Isabella Avenue and Ambrosia Street for a vigil. That's where the teenager was shot and killed Sunday afternoon.
"I thought I would never lose something so close to me," says older brother Byron McPherson. "I mean, one minute you talk to him, the next minute he's gone."
The vigil was to both remember Brandon and to think of ways to stop young African American men in Muskegon County from killing each other and instead, live in peace.