Vigil held for murder victim Paige Stalker on 17th birthday

It was a tough evening for so many Wednesday night honoring Paige Stalker who would have turned 17 years old.

But through the tragedy, some peace for two families and several communities coming together to bridge the gap and catch the killers.

With messages attached, and in her favorite colors they lifted pink and green balloons into the sky for Paige Stalker, who would have turned 17 years old.

"I've never seen anything so beautiful," said Jennifer Steinheble, who organized the vigil. "It was magical for me. An she's got them now she's got them now."

Friends,family and representatives of Detroit and the Grosse Pointes came together on the corner of St. Clair and Kercheval, lighting candles in memory of Stalker.

On Dec. 22, not too far away, Stalker was killed and three others were wounded when a man got out of his car and fired 30 rounds at their car.

"For those who knew and loved them, the pain is deep and personal but the future is less bright for all of us," said one person at the vigil.

A little over a month after Stalker's murder, police may be closer to learning exactly what happened. Sources tell FOX 2 investigators believe this may have been a carjacking gone wrong and the shooter and the person driving the getaway car may be part of a car jacking ring.

Stalker and her friends with her that night were innocent victims.

"No one should be murdered especially not our children it stops when we come together," said activist Malik Shabazz.

One vigil but it began to focus on two families.

The family of Christina Samuel also was there. The 22-year-old was killed as she sat in her car on Christmas day. Since then both families and their communities have grown close.

"It's wonderful they need more of this instead of the violence," said Tracey Toston, Samuel's mother. "They need more peace instead of the violence."

"We talked about  how many lives they touched," said Dave Lawrence, Stalker's grandfather. "More important  was the loss of the number of lives they would have touched."

Stalker and Samuel may be no longer be here. On behalf of Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan there is a way for their memory to live on. 

A march is planned for April and soon a park in Detroit will be named after Paige Stalker and Christina Samuel - who died too young.

"While they can't touch other lives at least their names live on," Lawrence said.

Both families are still waiting for answers. 

Investigators think Stalker's murder was a car jacking gone wrong. Sources tell FOX 2 that they are focusing on arrested car jacking suspects, comparing the assault rifle they may have used to the one used that night at the Grosse Pointe border.

Police are still investigating Samuel's murder and Shabazz said he plans to go out with volunteers this weekend to go door to door passing out fliers, raising awareness and looking for information.
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