Hundreds Remember Eric Dantzler

By WBNG News

December 24, 2010 Updated Dec 24, 2010 at 12:49 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Thursday was an emotional evening for friends and family of Eric Dantzler.

Hundreds met on Conklin Avenue to honor the 21 year old who was shot and killed in Johnson City on Sunday.

With balloons and candles, the crowd made their way from Dantzler's girlfriend's house on Conklin Ave, up Tompkins Street, to Evans Street.

That's where Dantzler lived.

The crowd held a candlelight vigil, and released white balloons in Dantzler's memory.

It was a 15 minute walk through the cold and snow, but people there said it was worth it to remember their loved one.

"I met Eric in High School. We used to have class together. Eric was always a nice person. He used to skateboard a lot. He was friends with everybody. He wasn't an outcast. He accepted everybody for who they were. He hung out with skaters, people who no one usually talked to. He was a diverse person," said Shaunte Middleton of Binghamton.

"Eric had a lot of faith. He used to always tell us, Mom, God's got us, and I still believe that. That's how we stay positive and stay focused. Our family is very close and we encourage and support each other," said Marnita Johnson, Eric's mother.

The candlelight vigil ended with a prayer.