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Community remembers neighbor, voices concerns about crime

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Candles lit up the night in a north Nashville neighborhood on Monday to remember a neighbor whose life was cut short and to call for a change.

Darrell Wright was a frequent customer at the Church and Son Market and was enjoying a snack in the store when police say 15-year-old Veretez McGill and another male entered the store demanding money. Police say they ran out with $7, but not before allegedly gunning down Wright as they ran out.

Just one day after McGill was arrested, the store's owner, Augusta Church, was shot in the store. He was grazed in the arm.

The dozens of people who came out for Monday night's vigil are concerned about the crime in their neighborhood and the criminals they say are getting younger and younger. They blame the lack of parental discipline.

"We got to go back and be the village," said one community member.

Tiffany Parker was close to her father - they spoke every day - and it was all taken away from her on that August day.

"I miss him like crazy," Parker said.

Police say forensic evidence and witness descriptions linked McGill to the crime and are still piecing together the identity of the second suspect in the murder, as well as who shot at the store owner last week.

Officers are looking for McGill's 17-year-old brother, Paul Sales, who escaped from state custody in October. Investigators are not calling him a suspect but say Sales has a violent past and they want to find him.

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