Candle Light Vigil held to Remember Family Dollar Homicide Victim

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- A vigil was held Monday night in the same parking lot where Barbara Perry was shot in her car.

Hundreds of her family and friends even strangers meet at the Family Dollar along University Avenue.

The 55 – year – old was shot on Friday but died the next day. She waited in the parking of the store as her granddaughter ran inside. Several of her grandchildren attended the vigil; two of them spoke out against the violence that took their grandmother’s life.

“I think about it all the time. I  just wish it [ the violence] would stop. It's ruining the place that we live in. It's making the world not a good of place as it is,” says 12 -  year -  old Jayla and Jayden Parker.

Others at the vigil echoed that, calling on the community to unite. The crowd sang “We Will Overcome” as they released balloons into the sky.  Donna Wesley says unity tends to happen only after tragedies and that needs to change.

“It shouldn`t take someone to get killed or to get shot or whatever. It shouldn`t take that for us to come together.”

Des Moines Police have not named a suspect or released any new information in the case but say they may release more on Tuesday. Clergy members and city leaders urged mourners to leave the unknown up to God and law enforcement authorities.

Funeral arrangements are pending for Perry.


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