Vigil held for 15-year-old shot to death in north Nashville

DaVontae Ziegler vigil

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A vigil was held for the 15-year-old boy who was shot and killed last Friday in north Nashville.

DaVontae Ziegler died after he was reportedly shot by an 11-year-old boy while sitting outside his Gwynnwood Drive home.

Those that went to the vigil Monday night were both those who knew DaVontae and those who just wanted to offer their support.

DaVontae Ziegler vigil
DaVontae Ziegler’s vigil

DaVontae’s aunt and legal guardian, Amelia Griswald, had a message for everyone who came.

“DaVontae was a good kid and what I want to tell everyone here is that this violence, these guns, have to stay out of our young people’s hands,” Griswald told the crowd.

She spoke to the young people in the crowd, urging them to reach out to their peers about the violence that came come along with guns.

“We all need your help. DaVontae needs your help. I need your help. Everyone needs your help,” Griswald added.

The 11-year-old has since been charged with criminal homicide in DaVontae’s death. He told investigators he was playing with the gun he found when the 15-year-old was shot.

The young boy was released to the custody of his parents Monday because police don’t believe he’s a danger to the public.

He has a settlement hearing scheduled for April 16.

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