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'Senseless violence': Friends & family hold balloon release vigil for Drevion Booker

Drevion Booker vigil
Posted at 10:33 PM, Feb 22, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-23 18:20:46-05

WACO, Texas — Family and friends continued to remember the 16-year-old shot and killed in Waco with a balloon release vigil in his honor on Tuesday afternoon.

About fifty people gathered at the corner of Sanger Avenue and Ruby Avenue, where the fatal shooting of University High basketball player Drevion Booker took place. His parents, cousins, aunts, and uncles stood together for the teen they knew as "Bean."

"I don't know how to explain it, but it hurt us so much to see our young cousin gone. Out of the blue," Booker's cousin, Twaneshia Joiner said.

Booker's father, Juandre Booker, was also there, thankful for the outpouring of support from those in attendance.

"It was nice, being out here for the love that everybody's got for my little son," he said.

Alongside the grief, there was deep disappointment and frustration that such violence keeps happening in the city.

"The jail or the graveyard ... We losing too much talent to senseless violence," Booker said.

Drevion Booker was rushed to the hospital in critical condition on Sunday night after enduring a gunshot wound and was later pronounced dead. As of Monday, Waco police are still tracking down a suspect.

His mother, father and stepfather are left in shock and confusion as the investigation into what led to Booker's death continues.

"Just want to say I love and miss you, Beans, forever... rest in peace," Booker said.