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Family and friends mourn 3-year-old boy killed in shooting

Major Sutton, 3, is seen in a photo provided by his family. The little boy was killed on Friday night, Nov. 10, 2017, in a shooting, and authorities are still searching for information.

Family and friends gathered at an apartment complex in central Bakersfield on Monday evening to mourn the death of 3-year-old Major Sutton.

His mother Johniece Williams is trying to wrap her mind around that day. Last Friday, a person kicked in the door of their apartment and opened fire.

Major was shot and killed, and his brother, 5-year-old King Smith, was injured. Williams, who is pregnant, was also wounded.

Smith was sent to the hospital after the shooting and is now out. Williams and her unborn child are also OK.

The family is now seeking answers.

"My babies were in there on YouTube playing and dancing, and he stood there and still decided to shoot, and they did not have to go out like that," Williams said.

Family members, friends and community activists came out to the celebrate the life of Major at a vigil.

As the candles of the vigil flickered on the stoop, Williams delivered a message to all families.

"This hurts, and they need to hold their kids real close," she said. "These boys are not me, they don't care because whoever he was looking for, he saw it was not there and still decided to shoot multiple times."

Williams, as well as others, are now asking for the community's help. They ask that someone who might have information about the shooting step forward.

"I don't know what to tell them right now," Williams said. "They wrong, and they know they wrong. I just want them to know they took my baby, and this hurt, and this is a pain."


If you have any information about this case, call the Bakersfield Police Department at (661) 327-7111.

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