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Berkley community tries to find solutions to gun violence after shots are fired at vigil for man killed in shooting

NORFOLK, Va. – The Berkley community continues to mourn after a shooting at a vigil for a recently killed young man.

Marvin Milton’s family was holding a memorial on May 15 when people got out of a car and fired about 12 shots, witnesses said. At present, it remains unclear where the bullets came from or who the intended target was.

Representatives from the Norfolk Police Department met with the victims at the Berkley basketball court on Tuesday to offer their condolences and support to Milton’s family. A representative of the Salvation Army was also present to offer his condolences.

Nine of Milton’s family members were present for the rally and spoke about efforts to stop the violence in the city.

Milton, 22, was shot in the 5400 block of Greenplain Road on Thursday. He was taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, where he died of his injuries.

“It’s never shocking to me that someone gets killed these days,” said Bernard “Peewee” Thompson, a community activist. “I have known this young man for years. He comes from a good family. My heart is heavy.

Bilal Muhammad and the Stop the Violence team were also present at the vigil to console Milton’s family and the community.

“I looked to my left where the gunshots were coming from, then I heard bigger gunshots, then it sounded like the gunshots were getting closer to us, so I run and hit the ground,” Muhammad told News 3 reporter Leondra Tete.

Just a day later, the only things left in Berkley Park are police tape, balloons, candles and shoes on the ground belonging to people fleeing the bullets.

“You had babies, lots of young people here and lots of adults here. Everyone had to hit the ground and run,” Muhammad said. “Three guys got out of the car and started shooting and closing in, shooting everywhere here. It doesn’t matter who the bullet hit.”