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Vigil held for murdered Harrisburg teen

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

An 18-year-old became the latest victim of gun violence in Harrisburg late last week, and Tuesday evening members of the community came together to honor her life.

"Heeding God's Call," a faith-based organization that aims to prevent gun violence, organized the event in front of Tiana Dockens' home on Thompson Street.

The teen was gunned down early Friday morning on a nearby porch. Police said she was an innocent bystander when a fight broke out among several young men on the block.

Dockens, the granddaughter of city council president Wanda Williams, sustained a gunshot wound to the stomach and died in her father's arms at the hospital. Three people have since been arrested and charged in connection to the murder.

"We miss her a lot because the house is quiet now," her father Dion Dockens said. "She would come in the house and you'd know when she was there. She was a little diva, she loved to get dressed up and she loved her bears."

Among those who attended Tuesday's vigil were Harrisburg police chief Thomas Carter, city councilwomen Eugenia Smith and Sandra Reid and state Rep. Patty Kim.

"Wanda embodies family. She loves this city and she loves the people of this city and to have someone snuff out something that's so dear and so precious to her and all of us, it's a call for action," Reid said.

Williams was also in attendance, but became so distraught at one point, she went inside.

"I'm just glad that the community came together," Tiana's mother Clarice McGuffin said. "For friends and family to come out here and support our child, it meant a lot to me."

A funeral for Dockens will be held this Thursday at Trinity Church of God on North 4th Street in Harrisburg. A viewing is scheduled from 10-11 a.m., immediately followed by a service.

To help with funeral costs, the family is asking for donations. Checks made out to the "Tiana Dockens Memorial Fund" can be dropped off at any Metro Bank location.

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