Community celebrates the life of Hunter Black with a candlelight vigil
RICHLAND, Wash. — A candlelight vigil was held for Hunter Black at Howard Amon park Saturday at 6 p.m.
Friends and family left notes and lit candles in Hunter’s memory. Tammy Young’s son was friends with Hunter so she organized the vigil and gathered everyone together.
Young said life is too precious and this needs to be a wake-up call to the community.
“He was just the most loving kid and did not deserve any of this, for a senseless act and for what,” Young said.
There were more than 100 people with candles and balloons at the vigil.
Hunter’s friend, Edward Simiano, said they planned to release red heart balloons in his honor and to say goodbye.
“This right here was probably the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do,” Simiano said.
Another friend, Kurtis Brackett, said that red was Hunter’s favorite color and he would have loved to see everyone there.
“Some people had one balloon and some people had two,” Brackett said, “symbolizing that he is an angel and you’ve got to let one go.”
Young said that when he was at her house they would make breakfast and sing together. She sang a song for him during her speech. Other friends and family members spoke, including his girlfriend who’s pregnant with his baby.
Hunter was shot and killed at 2:25 a.m. on Friday inside a home.
Police are still looking for the men that witnesses say were wearing dark clothes and masks.
Detectives believe Hunter was targeted and there is no threat to the public.