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Schammiel Kirven was “friendly, respectful”

Aug. 9 – CLOVIS – Schammiel Kirven, 17, enjoyed spending time with friends, especially his cousin, Legacy Kirven, “who was like his sister,” Pastor Daniel Murrell said.

Murrell is pastor of the Brethren First Church where Schammiel’s funeral is due to take place at 2pm today.

The teenager died a week ago, shot in an incident her alleged shooter called “an accident”.

The suspect, 19-year-old Zyon Williams, remains in Curry County Adult Detention Center charged with child abuse resulting in death. Williams has a detention hearing set for 1:30 p.m. Friday in 9th Judicial District Court.

Murrell, a former Clovis High Wildcat and longtime resident of Clovis, is concerned about too much violent crime among young people.

“Our young people are under tremendous pressure,” Murrell said. “The music and the environment make them lose touch with reality.”

Murrell thinks young people don’t have the knowledge to own guns or the purpose of playing with guns.

“It’s not a video game,” Murrell said. He said that in “real life” you don’t get shot and then get back up.

Murrell said Schammiel and his family have been coming to church for years.

“She was a lovely young lady,” Murrell said. “She was very respectful.”

Murrell said the community cares about young people leaving early because of the violence.

Murrell said he and others in the church and community wanted to reach out with the love of the Lord.

He said people who would like to make dishes to feed the family or make donations are asked to bring items by the church at the corner of Acoma Street and Manana Boulevard.

“I love that our community comes together; there was such an outpouring of love,” Murrell said. “It just proves that we’re still ‘Clovis Strong’.”

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