Candlelight Vigil Held For Nashville Teen Killed In Shooting

Posted: 10:13 PM, Jun 21, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-22 03:25:59Z

Family and friends held a candlelight vigil for a Hunters Lane High School student who was shot and killed in front of his home in Nashville. 

According to an affidavit, on June 14, the victim, 16-year-old La'Quan Link, approached a vehicle and was struck when at least two shots were fired from the vehicle.

Officials said 18-year-old Oshae Stewart and 15-year-old Treyvon Palmer were alleged to have been in the vehicle when shots were fired at Link before the vehicle drove away. 

On Thursday evening, the family, praying for justice, gathered at a cul-de-sac on Westchester Drive and Tuckahoe Square West to remember Link.

"The week has been rough. We lost a brother, we lost a family member but we've been all together lately and so we've been staying together as a family making each other stronger. La'Quan was the most caring friend that you can ever have if you needed a friend...he was always there for you. You never had to question his loyalty," family friend Nya Watson said.

Link played football for Hunters Lane. His sister said he played well in all sports he competed in.

"When we went to school together we had classes together and we had fun in there together," Laneiasha Link said.

It's still unclear why the fatal shooting happened. Link's aunt said she wants teens to stop the senseless acts of violence.

"Growing up we all got into it with each other. We would fight then we were playing kickball the next minute. You don't have to have a gun to solve an issue," Lateiasha Link said.

Authorities said Madison Precinct detectives also charged Stewart's mom, 42-year-old Ykela Williams, with being an accessory after the fact. 

Officials said Williams allegedly helped hide the 1996 Infiniti sedan on Nesbitt Lane after the fatal shooting.

The family has set up a  gofundme account  to help with funeral expenses.

Link's celebration of life will take place on Saturday at the First Baptist Church on 290 East Winchester St in Gallatin.