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16 year old murder victim's family speaks out

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(07/26/12) - He dreamed of one day becoming a doctor, but the young life of 16-year-old Markise Parker of Flint was taken too soon.

The teen was shot and killed early Sunday morning at the River Park Apartments in Flint. His family speaks out about their loved one and what they think needs to be done to stop the violence.

Holding back tears, Markise Parker's family gathered together outside the Serenity Funeral Home on the day before their son and brother is laid to rest. "He was loved, he was somebody's brother, somebody's son, cousin, friend," said Rashad Horton, victim's brother.

With his mother by side, Rashad Horton shares what he loved most about his baby brother Markise. "My brother had a strong heart, a big heart, he was opened to everybody. He was always a "We" person not an "I' person."

Markise was shot and killed early Sunday morning at the River Park Apartments in Flint the day before he was suppose to leave for Grand Rapids. The teen was part of a job core program there, working as a carpenter. His family says the 16-year-old left Flint to get away from the violence. "He was one of those kids who actually wanted to be something."

As they grieve for their loss, they're asking for the community to step up, and take action so that no other family has to go through their pain. "You can have police anywhere, that doesn't deter crime. It takes the community as a whole. We need people to speak up, and get involved. Can't just talk about what needs to be done, but actually get out there and do it."

Police have leads and family hopes arrests are made soon. Markise Parker will be laid to rest Friday morning.

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