Teen shot, killed at club remembered

May 5, 2010 8:36:30 PM PDT
On Wednesday, Jaylon Calloway should have turned 15 years old. Instead, his family held a memorial for the Houston teen shot and killed outside a club over the weekend. Now, his family is raising concerns about the circumstances of the shooting.

Calloway's family says he was an innocent bystander in a gang-related shooting Saturday night. But during his memorial, they also had to work in a birthday party.

Dozens gather on a basketball court in Third Ward to remember Calloway, who was fatally shot at a party Saturday night.

Calloway, a freshman at Yates High School, went to a graduation party at Club 20/20 in the 2000 block of Leeland Saturday. The club, which was rented out to high schoolers, wasn't serving alcohol.

However, police say a gang-related fight inside the club spilled out into the parking lot, and when gunfire erupted, Calloway was struck in the head. His cousin Toddriah Lewis, who was inside during the shooting, quickly ran out to find him.

"And when the shots fire, I went to see my cousin and they were putting him on a stretcher," Lewis said. "I will never forget that day."

Investigators estimate the private party packed between 700 and 1,000 into the parking lot and club. And now, Calloway's mother questions whether proper security was in place.

"This club did not have the adequate security for all these kids," Calloway's mother, Michelle Calloway, said. "There were over 1,000 kids and they paid $10 ahead, and they couldn't contain the teenagers."

There are still questions surrounding Calloway's death. They closed the vigil Wednesday night by singing the teen a birthday song because May 5 is his birthday.

Calloway would have been 15 years old.

ABC13 checked with HPD about security, and police said there isn't an ordinance mandating any amount of security at clubs during large events.


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