Reporting Karen Anderson
CAMBRIDGE (CBS) – Kenyatta Holmes is haunted by the horrific memory of the gunfire that killed his sister Charlene outside their home Sunday night.
“I heard the gunshots from my house but I didn’t know where it was coming from until I saw my sister,” she said on Thursday.
Charlene Holmes was walking home with her sister Chantal when they stopped to talk with a friend who was braiding a young man’s hair on a front porch.
While they were chatting, a car drove by and someone inside opened fire.
Kenyatta says his family rushed out of their home to help, but there was nothing they could do.
“They say she was hit in the heart, so she died instantly,” he said. “I just miss my baby sister a lot.”
The family is convinced that there are people who know who pulled the trigger, but they aren’t coming forward. The family believes that a young man who lives on the second floor of their building was the intended target.
“How are you going to kill an innocent 16-year-old girl who has a lot ahead of her… she’s very smart. How could you do that to a girl?”
The memorial continues to grow at the sight where Charlene was killed.
Ray Lara visits it every day.
“I can’t believe she is gone. She was an innocent girl. Nice loving caring, every time you meet her and never mad at no body, she was always smiling all the time,” he says.
Ray also has an important message for the shooter. “Turn yourself in, man,” he said. “There was no point in doing all this. Took an innocent life just going home.”