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Community gathers to remember lives lost to violence

Community gathers to remember lives lost to violence

18-year-old Aaron Crawford, who was shot and killed during a 2015 carjacking in North Little Rock, continues to give his community life.

“It was a senseless murder and now we are trying to keep his memory alive and keep everything going,” said Crawford’s father, Alvin Crawford.

Following Crawford’s death, the Aaron Crawford Anti-Violence Organization or TEAM TANK was created and has been working to unify the North Little Rock community by providing workshops and hosting community awareness events.

“He was always giving and out doing positive things in the neighborhood,” said Crawford.

In 2016, North Little Rock’s mayor honored the slain teen by giving him his own day, July 17th or Tank Day, which was celebrated Saturday and drew in more than Crawford's family and friends.

“When someone like your loved one dies, all you have left are memories,” said Amy Stivers, with Parents of Murdered Children.

The organization, Parents of Murdered Children, works to support the families and friends of those who have died due to violence. Alvin Crawford says the group has become his second family.

“It’s a family thing. We are dealing with similar problems. We come together and embrace it,” said Crawford.

Since Aaron Crawford’s death, police have arrested 19-year-old Xavier Pree. Pree is charged with capital murder, aggravated robbery and theft by receiving and is due back in court at the end of the month.

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