People gathered at Chapin Memorial Park in Myrtle Beach Monday night to honor the life of Trayvon Martin, a teenager who was shot to death as he walked home from a store in Florida.
The vigil was not only a chance to remember a young man who lost his life, but it also was time for the people in our community to remember the youth in our area who lost their lives to violence.
"I stand here and speak for all parents that lost someone, whether they lost them years ago or yesterday. We all hurt. It's a pain that won't ever go away," said Darryl Pyatt.
For Pyatt, it's still a very fresh wound. Three weeks ago, he lost his son Joshua Pyatt, who was shot and killed while sitting in his car.
There were many others at the vigil who had lost loved ones like Pyatt.
"In 2006, I lost my daughter to violent crime, execution style. She was murdered. Shot in the head," said Barbara Hytower.
All of these stories are painful, but important for parents to share. They hope it won't happen to someone else's child.
"So we need to come together come up with some mentoring program for the young kids. Get them off the street. If we train them up before the world catch hold to them or they get hooked up with the wrong person, the outcome will be better," Hytower said.
The vigil concluded with a candle lighting ceremony. As each candle was lit, it acted as a light of hope for a better outcome youth for our youth tomorrow.