Vigil held for boy killed by minivan

About 100 come to West Baltimore site

April 17, 2008|By Brent Jones | Brent Jones,Sun Reporter

About 100 people gathered last night to remember a 3-year-old boy at a candlelight vigil in the 1000 block of West Fayette Street, the site where a minivan struck and killed the boy Saturday.

The boy, Kyrell Sellers, and his brother Kamian Vaughn, 4, were with their mother visiting a relative about 7:30 p.m. Saturday when a small red car attempting a left turn from the right lane struck a Dodge minivan, forcing the van onto the sidewalk, where it killed the younger child.

Kamian was hit in his lower body but has since been released from the hospital. No one else was hit.

Last night, the mother of the boys, Teaira Oliver, wept throughout the 40-minute service, which featured several prayers lead by ministers from the nearby Morning Star Baptist Church.

"We know the little fellow did not die in vain," said the Rev. Samuel Ray. "God gave him life, and God has another life for him."

Family members wore R.I.P. shirts with Kyrell's face emblazoned on the front. One design had angel wings instead of the boy's arms.

Two police cars diverted traffic from the block during the outdoor vigil as onlookers spilled into the street.

Vonda Hunt, a friend of the mother, helped oversee the service.

"This shows a lot of support," Hunt said afterward. The mother "needs it. She is such a young mother and to lose a child at such a young age ... he was just beginning his life."

Janie Hewlett, the boy's maternal grandmother, later added, "All this lets me know that people care."

No charges have been filed against either driver.

Police have said that the minivan driver was not at fault, but the city state's attorney's office is investigating reports that the two drivers might have been racing.

The funeral for Kyrell will be held Saturday at Morning Star Baptist Church, 1063 W. Fayette Street, at 11 a.m.

brent.jones@baltsun.com

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