Alexandria Police are investigating the shooting death of a 23-year-old man killed early Saturday morning.
It happened in the 1000 block of First Street in the Westover neighborhood. No arrests have been made.
Family said Saquan Hall is father to a one-year-old and two-year-old.
"He had a big heart," said Patrice Hall of her son. "He has two children who love him dearly. When he walked in the room they would just light up. And I just can't imagine my grandchildren being without their father."
Patrice said her son had interest in becoming a preacher when he was young.
"I would always remind Saquan of who he was," she said. "You know, that God had a plan for his life."
She broke down in tears as she spoke about the senseless way Saquan died. She believes the shooting was retaliation because people wrongly thought Saquan was involved in an Alexandria homicide last month.
"It's like life means nothing to these young people," Patrice said.
She said she wanted to speak out because she has a message for everyone involved in the violence that's become so common.
"Life is precious," she said. "Every day that God gives us is precious, and we need to take that as a gift and use it."
There was a small memorial for Saquan on the sidewalk where he was shot. A neighbor told FOX 5 she heard a series of gunshots at around 3:30 a.m. and came outside to see a body on the sidewalk. Saquan was taken to the hospital where he died from his injuries.
Alexandria Police will hold a community meeting at Charles Houston Rec Center July 6th at 630 p.m. to address concerns regarding the fatal shooting.