With heavy hearts Sunday afternoon, hundreds filled a Parkway Village church to pay their respects and say goodbye to a popular and well liked college student, the city of Memphis’ first homicide victim of 2017.
18-year-old Kiara Tatum attended LeMoyne-Owen College and wanted to be a nurse.
But those dreams were shattered last Sunday, when her family said she was at the wrong place at the wrong time.
“All I could say is everybody loved her,” Ashley Moore said.
For her friends, Tatum may be gone – but she’ll never be forgotten.
“Very tough,” Moore said. “I cry almost every day. Every day. Like I still can’t believe she’s gone. “
Hundreds from around Memphis paid their respects to the popular teenager and aspiring pediatric nurse.
“Dear loss,” Jennette Addison said. “A young dear loss, precious, precious, precious person who had a very good future ahead of her.”
Speakers said Tatum’s death inspired them to re-enroll in school or re-commit their own kindness to others.
This, as a community who loved and nurtured the 18-year-old is shattered and rattled.
“That was the first homicide of 2017, it’s just crazy,” Moore said. “They need to stop it.”
“Everything about her stood out and everyone in that church who knew her or her family know that everything about her stood out,” Addison said
In recent days, Memphis Police arrested and charged two men: 22-year-old Devante Robinson and 17-year-old Jaylen Clayton in connection to Tatum’s shooting death.
Both remain behind bars.