From darker moments to a roar of supporters on motorcycles, many came out to remember 10-month-old Messiah Marshall.
“Horrible, for me horrible,” said Doris Barnes-Williams, Messiah’s cousin.
A grieving family, a grieving father, on what should have been his day to celebrate.
“That’s his first son, that was his first born, that’s his first time being a father. The pain is with him and my daughter,” said the victim’s maternal grandmother Jawan Wilson.
Messiah died of a gunshot wound to the head after a shooting at Knob Hill Apartments on North Braeswood Wednesday afternoon.
The boy’s father told police he was outside with his son when three men approached him shooting. The father ran to a nearby gas station for help and the men involved took off.
Relatives say they don’t know who is responsible.
“If I did, we wouldn’t be here, we’d be having a trial right now,” said Wilson.
The boy’s mother was close by watching as candles were lit and white balloons released nearby as the rest of the family tried to hold her up.
“As long as God gives me strength, I’ll give it to my family and we’ll get through this,” Wilson said.
And while justice is important for them, for now the priority is to get through one day at a time.