BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- Every night since 13-month-old Antonio Santiago was shot, the congregation at Greater Dimensions Christian Fellowship has gathered to pray for their community.
"We ask for peace, and for God to watch over us," said Trinity Vann, a 19-year-old member who lives near the spot where Santiago was killed.
Continuing developments in the case have the community wondering what will happen next, and teens like Vann scared for what the community could become.
"I was watching my back," she said of the day Santiago was shot. "I kept turning around. I was actually scared to walk home."
That fear hasn't subsided even though police arrested 17-year-old De'Marquise Elkins and 14-year-old Dominick Lane for murder.
On Monday morning, Elkins' sister Sabrina was also arrested, just days after his mother Karimah and aunt Katrina. The three women have been charged with tampering with evidence and lying to police during the investigation.
As the case continues to develop each day, Vann says other teens in the community watch and wonder, unable to believe that people they've seen at school, on the streets, and even in their own church could be involved. What she can believe, however, is how alluring a life of crime can be to young people in her community. At 15, she found herself in charge of her household, and without adult guidance, she felt tempted to take the easy way out.
"I thought about having a baby, and living off food stamps and child support. Now that I look back, that was really stupid to even think. At the time though, it felt like it was right."
Vann says she believes there may be other witnesses, and she encourages them to come forward, even if they are related to the two teen suspects. Until they do, she says her church will continue to gather.
"We will watch the news, keep up with what's going on, and most of all pray, just pray."