Vigil for Stockton man brings the community together against violence

Sor Rith, 57, was killed by gunfire while in his home on W. Ponce De Leon Avenue in front of his wife and four children on Nov. 10, 2016

For this Stockton neighborhood near W. Ponce De Leon Avenue, shootings are nothing new.

When we drove up, swarms of children surrounded us talking about the shooting that happened a week ago -- the murder of 57-year-old Sor Rith.

A group of young Cambodian-American kids told us they knew of Mr. Rith. They said they heard the 50-plus gunshots fired November 10 when he died, and said it is sound they are used to hearing.

Rith's family and other community members, including law enforcement, held a vigil Thursday night in memory of Rith. His four children and wife witnessed the stray bullet that killed Rith.

During the vigil, family and friends spoke and Cambodian Monks prayed.

"No one should have to loose a loved one over senseless gang violence, we all need to come together and show more love as a community as the human race help restore faith in humanity," one of Rith's three sons said during the vigil.

A few representatives from the Stockton Police Department attended the vigil, including Chief Eric Jones. He said the violence needs to stop, it has gone on long enough and someone needs to come forward.

"This was such a horrible tragedy that has not only affected this community but the whole city," Chief Jones said.

Stockton Crime Stoppers have set the reward to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspect or suspects who killed Sor Rith.

If you have information call 209-946-0600 you can remain anonymous.

If you would like to get involved with stopping the violence in Stockton there is a community BBQ at Loch Lomond Park on El Dorado Monday 11/21 from 12 p.m.-3 p.m. 

Copyright 2016 KXTV


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