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Vigil for teen's death helps raise gun violence awareness

Posted May 6, 2015
Updated May 7, 2015

— Kiki, as Moesha Lockamy was known by family and friends, was someone who relatives say was loved by many people.

“I want you to remember that Kiki was bubbly, full of life all the time, the life of the party,” said her mother, Tikita McKoy. “She will be greatly missed by everyone.”

Lockamy and her boyfriend, Derick Williams, were playing with a gun at his Mitchner Drive home in Wilsons Mills on May 2 when it went off.

Lockamy, 18, was shot in the chest. She died at the scene.

Williams, 42, is charged with second-degree murder. He remained in the Johnston County jail on Wednesday.

Dozens attended a candlelight vigil at Mount Vernon Christian Church in Clayton Tuesday night to raise awareness regarding gun violence involving women.

“We’ve got to stop the jokes because our young boys and young brothers will follow us,” said church pastor T.K. Leathers.

McKoy is leaning on her faith to get through the loss of her daughter.

“Not all times are good, but with the help of the church, Dr. Leathers, the community, it’s been an inspiration,” she said.

Funeral services for Lockamy will be held at Princeton Church of God in Princeton on Sunday at 2 p.m.


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  • Lightfoot Williams May 8, 2015
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    I don't get it. While a felon shouldn't own a gun, I still understand the murder charge if it was an accident (i.e. they were playing with the gun). Seems like it should be manslaughter or something.

  • Robert Richardson May 7, 2015
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    So.... They both was playing with a gun or "he" was playing with it? Unless there was witnesses that said both were I wouldn't believe his version of events. Plus, he and i would have problems anyway if a 42 yo man comes following my 18yo daughter.

  • Wayne Boyd May 7, 2015
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    What is got me scratching my head is: Here's a 42 year old geezer who has a perfectly willing 18 year old and he can find nothing to amuse himself doing other than PLAYING with a gun.
    There's something drastically wrong with this guy. Get him to a shrink first He is in serious need of help.

  • Roy Hinkley May 7, 2015
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    Presumably it'd be a different kind of vigil.

  • Al Smith May 7, 2015
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    So the vigil is only about gun violence. Presumably no one would care had he stabbed her, strangled her, or beat her to death.

  • Kristin Byrne May 7, 2015
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    Well, if I remember correctly, the guy was a convicted felon with a history of drugs and weapons charges, so I'm going to go out on a limb and say if that was the case, he probably wasn't legally allowed to own a gun in the first place. Might explain why he didn't have the proper training!

    However, if it truly was an accident, I agree. It's criminal negligence.

  • Kristin Byrne May 7, 2015
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    She was 18. Her parents have no say over who she dates. I think it's gross, but to blame her parents for not stepping in is ridiculous.

  • Louis St.Lewis May 7, 2015
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    Why all the ageist remarks? I'm in my 50's and have a 22 year old boyfriend. What's the problem? I'm much more worried about people who think that guns are a great thing and swing them all around their houses, cars, and wherever than any age disparity.

  • Gabrielle Williams May 7, 2015
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    The story is not about the gun in no way. Where was her mother when her daughter had a boyfriend 24 years older then her? A 42 year old man does not "play" with a gun. Young boys and young brothers?? This was a GROWN man.

  • Tim Dean May 7, 2015
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    Guns don't kill, the nut behind it does.