Walking past the spot where Khalil Malik Cousart was fatally shot, hundreds of people chanted the 13-year-old’s name during an anti-violence march Friday night in west Charlotte.
The crowd of about 200 gathered near Tuckaseegee Road and Parkway Avenue to remember Khalil, who would have been an eighth-grader this year at Ashley Park school. He was found shot at the intersection early Tuesday and soon died.
His friend, 16-year-old Damien Wright, is charged with murder in his death. Relatives have said they believe the shooting was an accident and that Wright was shooting at someone else.
As they walked through the Enderly Park neighborhood, marchers organized by the group Mothers of Murdered Offspring held signs that read “We want the killing to stop today” and “Real men don’t make mothers cry.”
The march ended across the street from where friends and family have created a memorial for Khalil with stuffed animals, balloons and flowers.
Many of the people who participated in Friday’s march were Khalil’s age and younger.
“Our babies are killing our babies,” said Judy Williams, co-founder of Mothers of Murdered Offspring. “It’s time for us to step it up in our communities.”