On Monday evening, a community including friends and family of Canady, gathered at New Harvest Christian Fellowship on 54th St. After an opening prayer, family and friends were asked to say a few words about the victim. Several family members spoke about the 32 year old. Many highlighted how the father of four turned his life around and became an entrepreneur by opening up his own barber shop, Official Cutz. Three aunts and friends reiterated Canady was always smiling and willing to help his family and friends.
“[Lamar] made me feel like you could rise and change from bad and make it positive. He was my ghetto superstar,” said Clayton Lewis, Canady’s uncle. “He was a person that was loving, kind and had some falls in life, but got up to do it right.”
Canady’s sister-in-law also said she and her family had already forgiven the person responsible for his death, “To the person who did this, I forgive you because that’s the kind of person [Lamar] was, and I couldn’t harbor any resentment toward you.”
The victim’s mother and children were not present for the vigil, but other community members in attendance thought of her.
“There are no words. There’s nothing I can say to ease [Lamar’s mother’s] pain. But I’m so sorry. I’m very sorry about what she has to go through. At this point, no mother should have to do it. No mother should have to bury their child.”
The candlelight vigil was made possible by “Dreaming of Violence-free Everywhere” or D.O.V.E.
The shooter is described as a dark skinned man. He was last seen wearing dark clothes, white shoes and a baseball cap.