Family and friends gathered outside Mesquite High School Monday evening to honor and remember 15-year-old Jordan Edwards, who was shot and killed during an officer-involved shooting that occurred over the weekend.
According to Balch Springs police, officers responded to a report of intoxicated teenagers on a residential street in the 12300 block of Baron Drive at 11 p.m. Saturday. Neighbors said a large house party was underway at the time.
Organizers chose the fields behind Gentry Elementary School in Mesquite because it meant something.
"Our dreams started here," said Braylon Monroe, a best friend to Edwards.
For the four friends who met with WFAA, this was more than a field where they played football. It's where they grew up.
"It just hurts to see my brother get shot," said Alandre Henderson, another friend.
Henderson had gone to the party and had ridden in a car with Edwards, but he wasn't there when the shooting happened.
"I just took a picture with him Friday and he texted me before the party and asked if I wanted to go," said Braylon Monroe, who tells WFAA it was the last time they talked.
WFAA asked Jordan's friends about their take on the change in developments. They said they were well aware of the events leading up to the shooting.
"I was just like... that can't be it," one friend said, recalling the earlier version of events.
At the vigil, many gathered to honor a life gone too soon.
"Talk to your kids, tell your kids how much you love your kids," one organizer said.
Jordan's funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Mesquite Friendship Baptist Church.
A fundraiser in support of Jordan's family has been set up. You can see it and donate here.
The Edwards family released the following statement to WFAA on Tuesday morning:
"We would first like to thank everyone for their kind words, thoughts, prayers, and condolences as we mourn the tremendous loss our family and community has suffered. We know that so many of you share in our loss. At this time we ask that you please be respectful of our family, and allow us the opportunity and space to grieve. This entire ordeal has been inescapable.
Jordan was a loving child, with a humble and sharing spirit. The bond that he shared with his family, particularly his siblings, was indescribable. Not only have Jordan’s brothers lost their best friend; they witnessed firsthand his violent, senseless, murder. Their young lives will forever be altered.
No one, let alone young children, should witness such horrific, unexplainable, violence. While our family attempts to cope with our loss, we ask that at this time the community please refrain from protests and marches in Jordan’s and our family’s name, as we prepare for his funeral.
We do not support nor do we condone any violence or threats made against the Balch Springs Police Department or any other law enforcement agencies.
What we desire only second to having our beloved Jordan back, is JUSTICE FOR JORDAN.
With All of Our Love,
The Edwards Famil