Prayer vigil to be held in wake of shooting at Randallstown High

Tonight's event aims to lift spirits, parent says

May 17, 2004|By Julie Bykowicz | Julie Bykowicz,SUN STAFF

One Randallstown High School parent wants to use the school parking lot, the site of a quadruple shooting, as the site of a prayer vigil tonight.

Eleanora Franklin, whose son is a senior football player at the school, said she organized the prayer vigil because "praying is all we can do right now."

The gathering, she said, will be held to lift the spirits not only of the four victims - one of whom remains hospitalized - but also teachers, students and parents.

"It has touched us all," she said.

Franklin, a Pikesville resident, said she has come to school every day for the past week to pick up her son because she wants to know where he is at all times.

The vigil is scheduled for 7 tonight at the flag post at Randallstown High School, 4000 Offutt Road.

Senior William Thomas was in serious condition recently at Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

Sophomore Andre Mellerson, who was treated for a bullet wound to the left shoulder, was discharged Saturday from Shock Trauma.

Two others - junior Marcus McLain and senior Alex Brown - were treated at area hospitals and have been released.

The school also has changed its end-of-year schedule to include informational meetings and remembrances of the shooting.

A parent meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday at the school. Parents will receive updated news about the shootings, the school said.

The annual awards ceremony held this week also will include a tribute to the two seniors who were wounded, school officials said.

Four people - including a Randallstown High student and a former student - have been arrested and charged with four counts of attempted first-degree murder. All are being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

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