Hundreds Attend A Candlelight Vigil For 19-Year-Old Cambridge Man


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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Hundreds of people gathered Saturday night for a candlelight vigil in Cambridge in remembrance of Xavier Louis-Jacques.

On March 27, Louis-Jacques was shot and killed. He was found unconscious outside his car on Pemberton Street near the Rindge baseball field and basketball courts around 12:40 a.m.

Rayschell McCants, Xavier's mother, was touched by how many people attended the vigil in support of her son.

"So often when young, Black boys are murdered, people automatically assume it's related to gang or drug violence," McCants said. "Xavier was not that kid."

In a GoFundMe created by Louis-Jacques's Godmother, Natasha Anderson, she said he "was recently accepted to Xavier University" and "was saving his money to become an engineer."

Originally, the GoFundMe was created so the family could afford a proper funeral and start a scholarship fund.

MIT announced Saturday that they would cover the costs for his funeral, as he worked there as a security guard for 5 months.

The money raised in the GoFundMe will be used as "a scholarship to a [Cambridge Rindge and Latin] grad that embodies Xavier’s values.”

The family said they intent to start the scholarship program this spring.

On Tuesday, Cambridge Police will host a virtual meeting, where they will address the latest on Louis-Jacques's case and talk about gun violence.

This incident is still under investigation. The police have not placed any arrests.

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Written by Edyn Jensen

(Photo: Getty Images)


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