Loved ones gathered Friday evening to mark one year since 24-year-old Timothy Dawkins was shot and killed on a Southeast street.
Dawkins' alleged killer was arrested just a few days after the shooting on 4th Street SE, but the pain is still very real for his parents.
"I don't like the fact that he lost his life over nothing," his mother Cynthia Dawkins said.
Dawkins was active in his community, mentoring youth and helping teens stop the violence. His mother, Cynthia Dawkins, said her son was an innocent bystander when he was caught in gunfire and shot in the back.
Dawkins left behind his parents, a young son and a community who won't forget his positive message.
"A lot of people loved my son and I'm glad he left behind something worth cherishing," Cynthia Dawkins said.
Another memorial honoring Dawkins will be held at 1 p.m. Aug. 31 at the Pumphouse at Diamond Teague Park on 1st Street SE in D.C.