HARVEY, La. - As the investigation into Ahlittia North’s murder continues, so does the outpouring of support from the community.
Ahlittia's murder has shaken the community to the core, and those marching through her neighborhood Wednesday said they're beginning the healing process the best way they know how.
“The church’s desire now is to make a presence in the community, pray for this community, pray for the family, pray for all of our young people and their young parents,” said Pastor J.L. Hampton, of Westside Missionary Baptist Association.
And as hundreds continue to pray, a memorial grows near the apartment where Ahlittia was staying with her parents.
People who never knew Ahlittia are devastated by her loss, while children not much older than she was offer up stuffed animals in her memory.
“It broke a lot of people's hearts. It really hurts. I came out here yesterday; I can't stop coming because it really hurts,” said concerned community member Tameca Jesse.
It's a pain felt by parents throughout the community who believe the heinous crime shows no one is safe.
“I just pray that her parents be well and the mothers, parents love your kids dearly, love them to the bitter end, you never know what can happen to your child,” said concerned community member Donna Mathis.
This Saturday, the community will hold a "march against violence" in Ahlittia's memory.
It'll start at noon at the McDonald's on Lapalco in front of the Woodmere subdivision.