Nearly 200 community members gathered on Beatties Ford Road on Tuesday to memorialize four people killed during Juneteenth celebrations there in 2020. In recognition of the tragic event’s one-year anniversary, about 75 mourners walked from Friendship Missionary Baptist Church to meet about 100 others at the site of the shooting, where family members and loved ones placed flowers and other mementos at four roadside memorials.
After a four-minute moment of silence, Mayor Vi Lyles made a few remarks before people returned to Friendship Missionary. The event was organized by Million Youth March of Charlotte & Salisbury. Drills of Hope Marching Thunder, a drum and dance organization for at-risk youth, played the memorial walkers into and out of the gathering.
Shootings occurred on Saturday and Sunday evening of last year’s celebrations, though no one was injured on Saturday. The Sunday shootings, during which more than 100 rounds were fired, took the lives of Kelly Miller, 29; Christopher Gleaton, 28; Jamaa Cassell, 39; and Dairyon Stevenson, 31.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has not filed any charges or made any arrests for the murders. There is currently a $17,300 reward for any information that leads to an arrest in the case.
A livestream video of the memorial walk is available on Queen City Nerve’s Facebook page and a gallery by Grant Baldwin, who documented the walk for us, is below.
Images of the Beatties Ford Road memorial walk
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