YARBROUGH DEATH INSPIRES CALL FOR UNITY

yarbrough-vigil3 Mourners gathered outside the Bank Street house where a melee led to the fatal knifing of Larry Yarbrough and the serious wounding of another man on August 7. (Photos by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

yarbrough-vigil2By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Almost a week after the stabbing death of Larry Yarbrough, friends and relatives by the dozens filled a Red Bank street Saturday to push for action against his alleged killers while urging others to band together to prevent another tragedy from happening again.

Members of Yarbrough’s family led a procession down of about 200 down Shrewsbury Avenue to the Bank Street scene of the killing and held a vigil at a makeshift memorial where balloons, candles, pictures and bottles of liquor lay next to the sidewalk.

yarbrough-vigil1A makeshift memorial was built around a tree outside near where Yarbrough and Manuel Rosas-Oceloti were found wounded on August 7.

Mayor Pasquale Menna called Yarbrough, 39, a victim of ignorance and violence. Others in the crowd accepted the idea that Yarbrough was killed coming to the aid of friend, Manuel Rosas-Oceloti, 18, though neither authorities nor witnesses have confirmed that account.

Two Red Bank men face murder and weapons charges and are being held on bail of $1 million and $2 million, respectively.

“I don’t know what happened that night, and I don’t want to know,” said his cousin, Ramona Johnson, of Neptune. “But they took a good person.”

Yarbrough was scheduled to be laid to rest at a funeral Monday morning in Red Bank.