May 26, 2014 11:07 PM
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A community came together for a candle light vigil
Monday night to remember teenage brothers killed in an apparent
Family says Steven Odeus, 14, shot and killed his brother Stanley
Blanc, 16, then turned the gun on himself. According to relatives, the
boys were fighting over clothing.
Officials said the shooting occurred just after 11 p.m. near on NE 71st Street and 2nd Avenue in Little Haiti.
“It started off as a small petty argument over clothes that escalated into a fight,” said Marc Blanc, the victims’ brother.
“Stanley wanted to wear Steven’s clothes, Steven didn’t want him to,” said Kedner Louis, a family friend.
The argument, according to Blanc, began inside the family’s apartment
at the New Haven Gardens public housing complex. He said family
members separated the two, but the fight flared-up again outside.
“Right before my eyes my brother just shot my other brother,” said
18-year-old Mark Blanc who says he witnessed the shooting. “I heard my
second brother die because he shot himself,” said Blanc.
After Odeus shot his brother, Blanc said he ran across the apartment complex and took his own life in the parking lot.
Dozens of family members, friends and neighbors prayed for the boys
at a vigil Monday, they set up two memorials with teddy bears and
balloons at the spots where the two teenage brothers died.
“I feel like a part of me is missing.. they were like little brothers
to me,” said Tyquane Williams, a friend of both boys. “I love Y’all,
you will always be in my heart and I will never forget y’all.”
Stanley’s girlfriend said he was attending an alternative school in
Miami and loved to play football. Family said Steven was scheduled to
graduate from junior high in a promotional ceremony at Horace Mann
Middle School next month.
“In my mind, I think he didn’t really mean to” said Blanc. “That’s
blood, nobody wants to kill their own brother. At the same time I got
mixed feelings about a lot of stuff right now.”
Blanc said he feels grief and guilt, saying he wishes he could have done more to save his brothers.
“I’ve been crying a lot,” said Blanc. “I’ve been doing a lot of
thinking and I want people to know, love your kids, love one another,
don’t sweat the small stuff.”
Blanc said he does not know how his 14-year-old brother got a hold of a gun.