Family of murder victim says something should be done to end cycle of gun violence

Local News

(04/19/19) A family mourns the life of their loved one and the man police believe pulled the trigger. Randall Farlin, 22, was the victim shot and killed Wednesday evening.

Farlin graduated from El Dorado High School in 2015. He’s a former Wildcat football player who was known for his hard hits on the offensive line. He was a leader on the team that won many awards for his athletic skill.

He turned to music once he graduated which was another love of his. His friends and family describe him as a guy with a great personality whose life was taken too soon to gun violence.

“I can’t explan how I felt. I can’t explain nothing it was like a shock to me,” Stephen Cunningham said.

Cunningham remembers the day he got the call about his little brother. He was shot multiple times in a vacant area near Hawthorne St.

“Now a days with what’s going on with these young kids today they are quick to pick up the gun,” Cunningham said.

Police believe Qy’Tarius Tyler, 20, shot and killed Farlin. While Cunningham mourns the life of his loved one, he also grieves for the man believed to have pulled the trigger.

“This young man’s life is just as gone as my little brother’s is because you’re still living but you’re going to be somewhere locked up for the rest of your life,” Cunningham said.

Two young lives lost and there’s no winner in this game. Many in the community believes the gun violence happens too often and there’s only one way to break the cycle.

“I don’t know what else there is to do but to talk to them and let them know that you’re young you have your whole life ahead of you,” Cunningham said.

Cunningham would love to see a group of men get out in the streets and mentor some of the youth. He hopes to be at the forefront of some of the positive change. 

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