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Grandmother of boy shot speaks out; vigil set

Edvina Washington, Khalil's grandmother, speaks out about the shooting. Edvina Washington, Khalil's grandmother, speaks out about the shooting.
Khalil Singleton Khalil Singleton
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC) -

Khalil Singleton's family is still shock. The third-grader got caught in the crossfire of a gun battle on Allen Road on Hilton Head Island near his grandmother's house.

"I heard the gunshots go ... like a machine gun and I called my grandson's name, and he didn't answer me," says Edvina Washington, Khalil's grandmother.

Beaufort County sheriff's deputies continue to investigate. Community activists are planning to honor him with a Stop the Violence March on Thursday night. 

"If you are a human and you have a heart, there's no way it couldn't affect you in some way.  So right now we're going to be Khalil's voice. We just want this nonsense - senseless  nonsense to stop," said Melanie Jones, who is organizing the candlelight vigil for Khalil.

"I mean, he was very happy very smart, playing baseball, football - any kind of game - he liked to play," Washington said.

The Stop the Violence March and candlelight vigil will start at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Crossroads at St. James Church off of Beach City Road on Hilton Head Island.

Four men have been arrested, though none of them have been directly charged with Khalil's death. Each had a formal bond hearing on Sunday, shortly after their arrests. 

The sheriff's office says they are waiting for forensic test results from the state's crime lab.

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