Shooting victim honored with musical tribute

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) — Friends and family of Jaiwaun Waddlington say he loved music and although he may be gone, his memory lives on through a new song written in his honor. 

Local rapper Ke’Anthony “Lul Ke” Waters grew up with Jaiwaun Waddlington. He says he can’t believe his party to celebrate music led to his best friend’s death.  

Now, he’s honoring his friends life and love of music with a new song he wrote in his honor and a new music video featuring Jaiwaun’s friends and family. 

“It’s the worst day of my life I swear, it won’t ever be the same anymore, ever. I wish I didn’t throw that party,” said Waters.

Waters says Jaiwaun was a happy person with positive intentions and big life goals. 

“When he smiled, you’d smile, I promise you would. He was just current, he didn’t want beef with anybody,” said Waters. 

Jaiwaun’s older sister says it’s difficult trying to process life without her little brother. 

“My brother was like my son too. I helped my mama made him. I was in the hospital having my son when I got the call, and it was just screaming. It was just the worst, it replays in my head, the call replays in my head every day,” said Ky’reisha Woodare.

Now Ky’reisha says the group is just trying to move on and keep his memory alive through music. 

“I wish I could hug him again, I wish I could tell him I love him because I didn’t get to that night. I just want my brother back, but he’s never going to come back,” said Jaiwaun’s younger sister.

“Why, why’d you leave me? You were my strength, my heart, my everything. Now, we have to live without you and I love you so much you know I do, it just hurts,” said Woodare.

Lul Ke says friends and family are planning to remember Jaiwaun again tomorrow in Bellemeade Park, on what would have been his nineteenth birthday.

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(This story was originally published on July 30, 2019)

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