New Haven residents are gathering this afternoon for a rally against violence in honor of a man killed by a stray bullet that flew into his home on his 58th birthday.
Darryl McNair, 58, was playing Solitaire on the computer in his basement early Sunday morning after a birthday party with family and friends when a stray bullet from gunfire outside launched through a wall and door and struck him.
McNair was rushed to the hospital, where he died of his injuries.
Community members gathered this evening on Valley Street the basketball court in his memory. Speakers are expected to deliver a call to end violence.
"I wanted to have this because for far too long we've been suffering from the violence that's been plaguing our communities and people just being silent about it. We have to dare to stand to speak up now. We have to come together as a community to stand against violence that is killing and breaking family circles all over this city," said rally organizer Christopher Holland.