Ainsworth Evans, the Nassau Community College student hoping to make his mark as a New York homicide detective, was remembered Sunday as a God-loving man always willing to help.
About 160 people marched nearly a mile from Grace Cathedral International church in Uniondale to the Dimas Avenue home where Evans was shot outside his house July 7.
Evans, 26, of Uniondale, was baptized at the church, at 886 Jerusalem Ave., three years ago, Bishop Robert W. Harris said.
"This is hallowed ground," Harris told mourners, standing where Evans was killed. "We won't remain silent as our young people get assassinated."
Police confirmed on Thursday that Evans was the homicide victim in the shooting. There are no suspects, family members said.
"It's my prayer to find the person who killed my son," said Veronica Williams, Evans' mother, shortly before the "Stop The Violence" march began.
Other family members also spoke out Sunday.
"My brother didn't deserve this and this is the last way I thought he'd ever go out," said Melesia Labeach, 28. "I don't know what this may bring, but I'm hoping that it might even reach out to one person to stop the violence."
She recounted the memorial service for her younger sibling at Hempstead Funeral Home on Saturday. "We spoke about the good things he's done for everyone and how happy everyone was that he was in their life. We spoke of a lot of good memories," she said.
The death was hard for Harris, who said he saw a little of himself in Evans.
Harris, who graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan, spent 22 years with the NYPD, retiring as a detective lieutenant.
"One homicide is too many. We're letting the community know we're not looking away. We're concerned about it enough to march," said Harris, also a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va.
Harris said he recently presided over a christening, where Evans became a godfather of another parishioner's baby.At the march, several demonstrators held signs reading "Save Our Children" and "Stop The Violence Now."
"I'm here to support one of my parishioners who was gunned down unsensibly," said Willie Alphonso McLaughlin, 58, of Hempstead Village.
It hurts because Evans knew the Lord and was always willing to help, he said.
The church is offering a $2,500 reward.