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Community gathers to honor 16-year-old shooting victim

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Dozens of people gathered near the scene of a deadly shooting in Elkhart Sunday afternoon.

Police say, 16-year-old Braxton Barhams was gunned down in the 200 block of West Garfield Saturday. He died at the hospital. A juvenile has been arrested in connection to his death.

Sunday evening friends and family were shouting "smurf world" in the spot where Braxton was shot.  Because Braxton Barhams' nickname was smurf.

His father, Kenneth Barhams, spoke to us at the gathering.  He said he was at the Elkhart Jazz Festival when he heard what happened to his son.  "My oldest son called and said you need to get down here Braxton just got shot," said Kenneth Barhams.

Kenneth said he then raced to the corner of Benham and Garfield, where his son was fatally injured.  He didn't see Braxton again until he got to the hospital.  "Pulled the curtain back to see him, I went to the floor.  When you see your child lying there and you know you're not gonna ever see him again it takes everything out of you."

Kenneth said he still can't believe this has really happened.  "I was looking forward to him watching him walk across the stage with his diploma."

That event was to happen in just a couple years.  Kenneth said Braxton was going to be a junior at Concord High School in the fall.

Judging by the group that showed up to honor him Sunday evening...he was a pretty popular guy.  "He didn't like being by himself he liked being by a group of people just having fun," said Kenneth Barhams.

Friends and family wrote messages to Braxton on a poster board featuring pictures of the teenager.  They also prayed and they remembered the fun loving boy who his father said had an infinite supply of energy.  "He wanted to have fun with everybody.  He enjoyed hanging out with his friends he enjoyed just being Braxton."

As everyone celebrates Braxton's life his father wants to make sure no other parents has to go through this.  "There's too many young kids dying out here.  We need to end this.  I don't want to see anyone else's child out here.  I lost my child I don't want to see anyone else lose their child."

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