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Natchitoches student's sister says his death not gang-related

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A second prayer vigil was held Thursday night to memorialize the life of a young Natchitoches student cut down in his prime. A second prayer vigil was held Thursday night to memorialize the life of a young Natchitoches student cut down in his prime.
NATCHITOCHES, LA (KSLA) -

Johnquaries Smith was remembered Thursday night at the second prayer vigil since his death, and rumors have been swarming that his death was gang-related.

Smith's sister said that just isn't the case, and she's got messages to prove it.

Smith died earlier this week after being punched by another student at Natchitoches Central High School.

Tawanna Dorsey said she received a message from the brother of the suspect, Timothy Robinson.

"'Timothy wanted me to message you and tell you that he was sorry and he's been crying and he's praying for the family, he didn't mean anything to happen,'" Dorsey read from her cell phone.

Dorsey said she's tired of reading the posts on social media claiming that the actions were gang or crew related.

"Honestly, he didn't provoke him, all he did was try to keep the peace," she said.

According to police, Smith tried to stop Robinson and another student from play fighting and ended up getting punched.

"This had nothing to do with gangs at all," said Capt. Brad Walker of the Natchitoches Police Department.

He said Smith never saw the punch coming. They don't even consider it a fight, and there is no need for the chatter or concern over that.

"This was a battery that unfortunately turned into a homicide," Walker said.

Police are working to put an end to the rumors once and for all.

Meantime, prayer is helping Smith's family to move forward. Their only request is that people would stop throwing dirt on their loved one's memory so that Jay, as they called him, can rest in peace.

A donation fund has been set up to help Smith's family pay for his funeral this Saturday. You can make a donation to the "Smith Family Love Fund" at the Bank of Montgomery on Washington Street in Natchitoches.

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