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Cheektowaga Police continue search for killer

By Eileen Buckley

Cheektowaga, NY – Family members and friends of a 19-year-old Buffalo man gunned down at the Cheektowaga Town Park held a candlelight vigil Friday night.

Iran Watkins was shot and killed Tuesday evening.

Police believe the shooting was gang related, but have stated that Watkins was not a member and appeared to be an innocent bystander who got caught in cross fire.

A dove was placed where he collapsed at the park off Harlem Road Tuesday after he was hit by a bullet.

Police say an impromptu water gun fight was organized on Facebook at the park Tuesday night.

Cheektowaga Town Supervisor Mary Holtz told WBFO News Wednesday that there was a large gathering at the park involving some type of a water fight prior to the shooting.

Cheektowaga Police say there were about 100 people and believe many witnessed the shooting. But so far no one has come forward with information.

Supervisor Hotlz also told WBFO News that Cheektowaga law enforcement is working with Buffalo Police. Buffalo community leaders and ministry also met with lawmakers Friday afternoon at Cheektowaga Town Court. They reviewed a surveillance video from the crime scene, hoping they might recognize those who were at the scene.

Funeral services for Watkins will be held next Friday, June 10th at New Mount Araarat Temple of Prayer on Jefferson Avenue, Buffalo.