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Relatives and Neighbors Call for Action at Vigil For Two Killed Pedestrians

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A vigil was on the Upper West Side on Wednesday night to honor two victims struck and killed by cars in separate incidents. Relatives and neighbors of the victims are pleading for action to be taken so others do not suffer as they are right now. Michael Herzenberg filed the following report.

At a vigil on the Upper West Side on Wednesday night, there was anger and tears from parents, children and neighbors of a 9-year-old boy who was hit and killed by a car recently.

"Make it happen! Make it happen now!” yelled one resident through a bullhorn.

"We lost one of our kids right outside our front door,” said another.

On Friday, Cooper Stock just left his building with his father when police say a cab hit them both at West End Avenue and 97th street.

The father suffered a minor injury. The little boy died.

"He was incredibly smart, he was always in a great mood and he made everyone around him happy,” said Barron Lerner, Cooper’s uncle.

His uncle says the family still can't believe this happened.

Alexander Sheer's family likely feels something similar.

The 73-year-old was killed at the intersection of 96th Street and Broadway a short time earlier on Friday. Officials say he was struck by a private tour bus.

"Shock and sadness, which has really taken over the building and the neighborhood, has now turned to rage,” said a resident through a bullhorn at the vigil on Wednesday night.

More than 100 people gathered, lighting candles and hoping that recommendations from traffic studies over the years can now be acted upon to make their neighborhood safer for pedestrians.

"At first I didn't think we could even begin to come out here, but some of us did because felt we felt that this was so important and if something can come of Cooper's death and other lives can be saved, we had to be here,” said Lerner.

Some ideas discussed at the vigil were to expand curb areas at street corners and make repercussions more severe for drivers involved in deadly accidents.

The cab driver cited with failure to yield to a pedestrian. The bus driver was not cited.

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