PORTLAND, Ore. -- An estimated 400 people gathered in Northeast Portland today to mourn a young woman killed by gang-related violence.
Ervaeua Herring, 21, died around 5 a.m. Sunday, August 17th when a group of young men fired bullets into the apartment where she was staying at 151st and SE Powell Blvd.
Nearly a week later, six young men wearing white gloves carried her grey colored casket to a waiting hearse.
She was in the early stages of pregnancy and also leaves behind a one-year-old son.
Antoinette McDonald is a friend who also has a one-year-old son. With tears running down her face, she explained how she did not want to accept the awful news.
"My heart was just broke. It just broke. Couldn't believe it when I got the call. I was sleeping and my other friend called and I wasn't answering and then she texted and was like, 'Call me please.' And then I called her and she told me Ervaeua was gone and I was like, what? Then I got on Facebook and I see that it was true!" she said.
The same weekend, four other men were shot in two separate incidents. Police believe all shootings were gang related.
Since January, Portland police have responded to a total of 87-gang related calls.
Now, many community members are angry.
"It's very difficult not to be angry," said Michael Alexander, the President of the Urban League of Portland. "This is unnecessary and, quite frankly, this is a reflection of things that should not be a part of life in our community. Our families should not have to live in fear."
With the anger, there is also fear.
"We were all shocked. Yeah, very shocked. Now, we feel if this can happen to 'Vey this can happen to any of us. We don't feel safe," said a young woman who asked us not to share her name.
An estimated 400 people gathered for the funeral of Ervaeua Herring. Afterward, they hugged and shared their grief.
And leaders called for justice.
"Those who have the information that would allow us to move past this and to bring justice to this family need to make sure that information is shared with the authorities. Shared with someone. Shared with your pastor, shared with the Urban League. Bring that information forward so that this is not an unresponded to tragedy," said Alexander.