Vigil honors young man killed at DART station

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by JONATHAN BETZ

WFAA

Posted on November 27, 2011 at 12:26 AM

Updated Sunday, Nov 27 at 9:58 AM

DALLAS — Octavius Lanier was killed earlier this week after he was pushed in front of a DART train.

Lanier made a big impact in the lives of many in his brief 19 years. Dozens of friends and family members gathered Saturday night at MLK Station to take part in an emotional vigil.

"He was like my little brother, more than a cousin," said Alex Paul. "I wanted to come down and let him know I love him."

For years, Lanier attended a diabetic camp for children, where he was popular and known for his big smile.

His friends said prayers at the DART station for the man they called "Ta-Ta."

"It's important for us to have closure and just for all of us to be here together and do this together," said Stormy Frazier, a friend.

Lanier had been on his way to the doctor on Tuesday when, police say, a group of boys trying to rob him pushed him against a moving train.

"I think he would have avoided any confrontation unless he knew it was a danger to him," said friend Amy Bissell. "I don't think he saw that coming at all that night."

The group sang camp songs and shared favorite stories about the teen who loved cooking and dancing.

"He just came up and asked me to dance, and it made everything so much easier to meet people at camp," said another friend.

"I watched him grow up from a boy to a man, and I'm going to miss him," added camp counselor Blake Bruns.

Octavius Lanier's funeral is set for 11 a.m. Thursday at Inspiring Body of Christ Church in Dallas.

E-mail jbetz@wfaa.com

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