Gunfire erupts at candlelight vigil for Jackson rapper Lil Lonni - - Jackson, MS

Gunfire erupts at candlelight vigil for Jackson rapper Lil Lonnie

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Thursday night, hundreds of people paying their respects to Jackson rapper Lil' Lonnie had to duck for cover after gunfire erupted at his candlelight vigil. The up and coming artist was shot and killed Sunday.

READ MORE: Local rapper Lonnie Taylor shot to death while driving in north Jackson

Police are still searching for his killer.

Hundreds had gathered Thursday night to honor murdered Jackson rapper Lil Lonnie when more gunshots filled the air.

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"I just saw people running towards me, people falling over, so I immediately start running when I hear them shooting," said a witness who didn't want to be identified.

There was immediate chaos. Those paying their respects, along with little children, were caught in the sudden crossfire. People dispersed immediately from what was supposed to be a peaceful gathering.

Daniel Smith was planning another gathering to honor the slain rapper Friday. He's hoping to keep it peaceful.

"I think it was sad," said Smith. "They were trying to celebrate his life. People go through there shooting. I've been in Virden addition all my life. I was born and raised here. it wasn't that bad when I was coming up. I think it's a tragedy, my heart goes out to him and his family." 

Friday afternoon, hundreds poured into Westhaven Funeral home for Lonnie Taylor's visitation. Security was present. Many well-wishers still on edge from the night before. 

"I think that was so disrespectful," said Quinton Barnes. "People coming to pay their respects, you shoot at this candlelight vigil? That's nonsense. This crime needs to stop."

Many say they're concerned about the recent wave of violence in the streets.

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"I don't think the violence will stop," said Barnes. " I think the Mayor should have had security or sheriff's department, police out there at the candlelight vigil. This violence in the Jackson streets, it won't stop till they do something about it." 

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