As police continue investigating a deadly home invasion, friends and family gathered to remember the victim who was killed.
A vigil was held Thursday night for Haywood Carter, a 68-year-old disabled Vietnam veteran known to many as “Biscuit.” Many say Carter was a man who cared about his community.
“My dad was one who marched beside Martin Luther King when Martin Luther King came into town,” said Katrina Carter Chandler, Carter’s daughter. “And to see the youth not taking advantage of the opportunity that those forefathers had paved the way – it hurts.”
According to police, Carter was shot and killed inside a home on Shelton Street on May 13.
Chandler said she believes the tragedy is a call to action for the Danville community.
“It hurts to see that our youth feel as though they have to go that route instead of going out and being productive citizens,” she said.
“Now we’re losing some of our most productive people in our community to this violence,” said Rev. William Keen, president of the Danville Ministerial Alliance.
Keen said he believes the community can work together to reduce violence. He believes youth activities, job creation and neighborhood watch groups can be part of the solution.
“We need to address the poverty, the racism and the violence in our community,” Keen said. “And the symbols of hate that people are internalizing.”
Many friends and family members we spoke with said they want to see people give back to the community the way Carter did.
“How do we want to be remembered?” said Sherman Saunders, a friend of Carter who also serves on the Danville city council. “What legacy will we leave?”
“Go out and find a job,” Chandler said. “Go out and work in the community. Find things that you can do that’s positive.”
Chandler said her mother was the woman injured in the shooting. She is still recovering but is expected to be ok, Chandler added.
Police said they are still trying to track down the person responsible. Anyone with information is asked to call Danville Crime Stoppers at 434-793-0000.