A family is trying to find closure after a loved one was shot and killed almost a week ago. Family and friends gathered Thursday night for Ricky Wofford and called for an end of future violence.
Moved to tears, family and friends of Ricky Wofford formed a circle surrounding pictures of him at same place the 31-year-old was shot to death.
"This has devastated all of us," said Wofford's aunt Janel Jackson. "It's just something that we just have to get together as a family and deal with."
Bakersfield police officers believe Al Lee Bradford shot Wofford during a child custody dispute Sunday night. Wofford's family says Ricky was seeing the mother of Bradford's child but doesn't know what led up to the shooting.
"Very fed up with the violence cause that was real uncalled for what he did to my brother. All of it could have been avoided," said Wofford's sister Tiffany Foreman.
That frustration motivated Wofford's family to call Wesley Davis. Davis is the president of the Wendale Davis Foundation which promotes peace in the community.
"More importantly our young kids need to know and be retrained or trained as to how to deal with confrontation and know how to agree to disagree and it doesn't have to be a murder," said Davis.
Ending the violence so there won't have to be more candles lit and no more tears like the ones shed now for Ricky Wofford.
"It's really hard for us to cope, just to get by because he was so lovable," said Tiffany Foreman.
"It is hard but hey, you got to keep going for him," said Janel Jackson. "You know you just can's sit back and mope about he's gone I'm not going to do this anymore, no. You've got to keep going take it day and day and keep your head up and keep going."