Kelsey treadwell shows a picture of herself together with her brother marquis during a vigil in hartford, connecticut, feb. 18, 2020.
marquis treadwell was fatally shot over the weekend, marking the city’s fourth homicide so far this year.
“he’d walk in a room and you couldn’t help but smile,” said marquis’ sister, kelsey treadwell. “thinking about it brings a smile back to my face. we laughed, we giggled, we joked. he was a big jokester, so i’m going to cherish those moments forever and that’s all i have now are the memories.”
members of the community and treadwell’s family gathered outside the majestic lounge on franklin avenue.
“we gotta stop fighting, shooting, over stuff that’s senseless,” said glenn treadwell, marquis’ father. “talk — if you talk about it, it solves more problems than killing someone.”
police allege that marquis, 28, was fatally shot by joshua saez inside the majestic lounge, a south end nightclub. treadwell’s fiancée was shot nine times but survived her injuries.
“we’re tired of people being shot in the city, we’re tired of our women being shot in the city,” said rev. henry brown, a lead organizer and founding member of mothers united against violence. “the people who are responsible for this — we need them out of our community.”
“i’m tired of burying children,” said glenn treadwell, whose 26-year-old daughter, julie, was fatally shot by her ex-boyfriend in 2013.
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