Man killed at vigil for Wilmington murder victim

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What was supposed to be a peaceful vigil honoring the victim of a crime turned into a crime scene itself. (WPVI)

What was supposed to be a peaceful vigil honoring the victim of a crime turned into a crime scene itself.

A man was shot and killed on Monday night while community members mourned a man murdered back on Friday.

On Tuesday afternoon, neighbors gathered once more in the 1200 block of West 7th Street to reflect on a second life lost.

"We're just like 'wow, what's happening here?' because it's a really strong neighborhood," said community activity Kevin Melloy.

"The weather is getting a little warmer, the tempers are starting to flare. This is something that is unfortunate," said Yolanda McCoy.

Leroy Collins was gunned down during the vigil for Samuel Copeland.. Police are still seeking motives behind both murders.

This area of Wilmington is not historically a hotbed of violence, so why the killings are happening now police aren't saying.

But for these residents, frustration is mounting.

"I live about three blocks away, and I know this isn't going to be the end of it. I'm just hear for healing purposes," said Vanity Sanders.

A peace rally is planned for Thursday.

There is a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in these killings.
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