Community mourns Newport News teens shot at apartment complex

Posted at 11:54 PM, Aug 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-02 23:55:03-04

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Less than 24 hours after Newport News Police found two teens shot and killed at an apartment complex, friends and family of the two remembered 15-year-old Erek Wright Jr. and 18-year-old Tyree Spady at a candlelight vigil Friday night.

The sound of pain from grieving mothers was just one of many emotions that took over the vigil for the teenage boys.

“These kids are dying at 18 and 15, and it’s ridiculous,” said Terrence Banks, who attended the vigil.

Police say Wright and Spady were found with gunshot wounds Thursday night.

“It’s just getting to be too much,” Banks said.

Banks says he was shocked when he heard the sad news.

“I was hurt actually when I got the phone call.”

He tells us that they were loved by many, which was evident by the turnout at the vigil.

But, now police – as well as the community – are still looking for answers.

“We pretty much are just trying to find answers and see what’s going on with this situation,” Banks said.

He says this should be a wake up call and is asking people to speak up if they see something – because it’s going to take the entire community.

“It takes a village to raise kids, and it really does,” he said.