Candlelight Vigil Held for Teen Killed During Traffic Stop

GRAND LEDGE, MI- It’s been weeks since state police released any new information on the death of Deven Guilford.

In February– the 17-year-old was killed during a traffic stop— shot by an Eaton county sheriff’s deputy after a struggle.

Sunday night hundreds paused to remember the teen at a candle light vigil—- Christa Lamendola has the story.

“Happy birthday dear Deven happy birthday to you.”

Hundreds of candles lit on his 18th birthday– but Deven Guilford wasn’t there to blow them out.

“It really was a great celebration of life you know as short as it was as 17 years old either way to god it was a full life to us it wasn’t but to god it was and it was time to come home,” said Guilford’s friend Stephen Aseltine.

In February Guilford died during a traffic stop— after a struggle lead to an Eaton County Sgt. firing his gun.

Sunday night friends and family stopped to remember his life

“I dont think he realized there were all these people that loved him,” said Guilford’s brother.

“He actually was a very funny and outgoing person that’s what I liked most about him,” said Guilford’s friend Caitlyn Wells.

“It really hit me really hard— there’s days where I’m going to be wondering why it happened and there’s going to be days that are great that I had memories with him but sometimes it’s just going to be hard,” said Caden Evert.

While many grieved and remembered Guilford – others are still looking for answers.

“I guess I just don’t understand why they’re taking so long to get back,” said Evert.

The investigation is still under-way– lead by Michigan state police– and details haven’t been released.

Those who mourn Guilford are still waiting to hear the story of exactly what happened that night that he died.

Until they get those answers– many say it’s impossible to move on.

“I pray for closure both for Deven’s family and the officer,” said Aseltine.

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