Organizers hold annual basketball game centered around ending violence

Posted at 5:44 PM, Sep 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-08 09:55:11-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Athletes packed a north Nashville gymnasium for an annual basketball game centered around ending senseless violence in their community.

The Second Annual Keep 615Alive Stop the Violence Basketball game was held at John Early Middle School.

Organizer Jeffrey Myles said he wanted to show the kids that there needs to be more brotherhood and less decisiveness in the community.

"Although we're in a different competitive lifestyles on this day we're going to come together and try to create peace in the community in 615, Nashville Tennessee," Myles said.

Despite several people being on hand to play basketball, Myles said he couldn't help but think about one person missing --- 27-year-old Cedric Thompson.

Metro Nashville Police officials said 24-yer-old Deondre Sanders stabbed and killed Thompson Wednesday night. The two were arguing about a woman.

"So it's kind of like more sentimental value, he was suppose to be playing with us today," Myles said.

Jahleel Jennings considered Thompson like a brother.

"He had a very big heart and you know would give anything to anybody. If you just need somebody to talk to he's going to be there for you. He's a little hard headed but he just thinks everybody is good and in this day an age everybody is not. A woman is nothing to kill somebody over," Jennings said.

Jennings said growing up in Nashville there were more opportunities for children to play basketball in the community.

"There's nothing in the city. There's kids out here that love to play basketball but they have no where to go play basketball at unless it's an outside basketball court and sometimes there isn't an outside basketball court. So I give it to them for doing this for putting this on for the community of north Nashville just so kids can come watch basketball or play," Jennings said.

Family and friends plan to have a candlelight vigil for Thompson on Sunday at Easley Community Center at 7:30 p.m.