Candlelight Vigil Planned For Man Friends Say Was ‘Caught in Crossfire’

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- For the second time in less than 24 hours, the community will hold a vigil for another victim of violence.

The candlelight vigil is in honor of 44-year-old Kevin Hall. The husband and father died from a gunshot wound to the torso Monday morning. He and three others were shot outside Seven Flags Event Center in Clive just before 2 a.m.

Family friend Calvetta Berry says it looks like Hall was trying to break up a fight.

“Probably got caught in the crossfire. Kevin was not a troublemaker. He was a peacemaker,” said Berry.

Berry started the group, Mothers Against Violence after the 2011 death of Hall’s cousin and say he was always a supporter of the cause. Hall was wearing a Mothers Against Violence bracelet at the time of his death. He had just celebrated his birthday a few days before.

“It hurts my heart that he wasn't with the violence and he lost his life. He had a Mothers Against Violence bracelet on and he lost his life to senseless,” said Berry.

29-year-old Johnny Jackson was also killed. Clive Police have yet to say who was doing the shooting. They are working with DCI to follow up on any leads and have said there was an exchange of gunfire and more than one shooter. Two other people are recovering from their gunshot wounds.

The vigil for Hall is set for 8:30 PM at McHenry Park on Oak Park Avenue.

Monday night, the community came together to remember Barbara Perry. The grandmother was shot in the head in the Family Dollar parking lot on University Avenue Friday. Des Moines police believe she was hit by a stray bullet during a shootout nearby.