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Candlelight vigil held for 15-year-old shooting victim, Anesa Baker

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Anesa Baker's friends and family gathered for a candlelight vigil Friday, April 13th. Photo: FOX10 News Reporter Alexa Knowles. Anesa Baker's friends and family gathered for a candlelight vigil Friday, April 13th. Photo: FOX10 News Reporter Alexa Knowles.
Homicide victim Anesa Baker. Homicide victim Anesa Baker.
MOBILE, AL (WALA) -

It was another emotional night for those close to 15-year-old Anesa Baker, the innocent girl who died after she was shot at a party on Easter Sunday. Friends and family held a vigil in the teen's honor Friday night, also taking the chance to send a powerful message about gun violence. Jamiya Martin, one of Anesa's friends, planned the event.

Those closest to 15-year-old Anesa Baker made a giant circle at her vigil, holding onto hope and each other to make sense of her death. 

The candles lit in honor of the teen, also sparking another one in Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Battiste at the vigil, as he asked the community to help end senseless gun violence, and find Anesa's killer.

"This was uncalled for, this did not have to happen, and I'm asking that if you're out here tonight and you hear me, and you know something, I'm asking that you will speak up, help me bring some level of justice to this family," said Battiste. 

Anesa was a freshman at McGill-Toolen, and is now the latest young victim of gun violence in the Port City. But friends are remembering her as the happy, energetic girl, who always made people smile.

"She was very very funny, like anytime I see her she would make me laugh smile. If you're having a bad day you could just call Anesa or talk to her and she would make you laugh, I'm gonna miss her," said her McGill-Toolen classmate, Ladaisha Brown. 

"She was just a very vibrant young lady, she was very exciting, she loved to dance, absolutely loved the dance, she would trip up and fall just to make you laugh, like she was just really funny and silly," said Morgan Raspberry, the president of a girls organization Anesa was a member of.

So her friends, couldn't let the night end without doing what Anesa loved most: they danced, bringing a rare smile to everyone else at the vigil.

And Anesa's sister, also thanked those who came for reminding her of all the lives Anesa touched in her short life. 

Anesa's funeral is set for Tuesday, April 17th at Little Welcome Baptist Church (1516 Wolf Ridge Road) in Mobile. 

Meanwhile, police have arrested three teens for allegedly having guns at the party where Anesa and five other teens were shot. However, investigators have not charged anyone in connection to the shooting.

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