Alonte Sutton (Provided by the DC Council)
WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- Family members, childhood friends and DC leaders came to pay their respects to Alonte Sutton.
"It's been a grand turn out, I didn't know he had so many people who loved him," said his uncle Ronald Buckwheat Watson.
Many close to the 18-year-old high school senior say he had a promising future ahead of him.
DC Councilmember Michael Brown told 9NEWS NOW, "It's too bad, so tragic, because Alonte was doing everything right and violence touched him and that's part of the problem the violence we are dealing with here in our city."
Levonne Acty said, "I feel frustrated because of all the unnecessary deaths in the District of Columbia."
Linda Wharton-Boyd told us, "The message was very clear that we must stop the violence in our community. We must do everything to save our children."
The hearts of many were touched by a young singing trio called "Heiress" who had the privilege of singing with the great singing sensation, Stevie Wonder. We're told he was so hurt by the tragedy of this young man's life that he felt compelled to come out and speak to this community and to Alonte's parents.
Mumen Ngenge, who was one of the young women who sang back up for Stevie Wonder, said, "It really touched all of us to think about our own communities in the same way that we have to do better."
Written by Alex Trevino
9NEWS NOW & wusa9.com