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Classmates remember Jilani Platt

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Three days after her body was discovered off Schataulga Road, people who knew Jilani Platt are remembering her life.

Thursday night a vigil was held in her honor at Shaw High School. Shaw graduates tell News Leader Nine, this isn't the first time they've had to mourn a fellow classmate.

Four girls, all from Columbus, all former Shaw High School students, and police say all four of their lives were taken by the men they loved.

In April of 2000, 16 year old Tierra Sparks was shot four times by her boyfriend in a jealous rage.

"My freshman year at Shaw Tierra Sparks was killed by her boyfriend. I remember that day at Shaw seemed like there was a dark cloud, everybody was so sad," said the victim's friend, Gabina Ramroop.

Ramroop also remembers hearing the news of Natasha Bates' death. The two had classes together at Shaw, "Natasha was killed by her boyfriend. They found her with a bag over her head. She was shot in the temple."

When the news of Jilani Platt's death reached her, Gabina says she felt like she was reliving the moment she heard about Sarahonica Thrasher's murder, "She was a pregnant mother who was shot by her boyfriend, luckily they saved the baby, but they couldn't save Sarahonica. And then to hear the same thing happen to Jilani... You hear these stories over and over and you see the warning signs and see it can happen. So why not get out of the situation before it gets to that point?"

Dealing with these deaths have been hard for the family and friends who knew the four young ladies.

"It hurts to see her family going through that and fellow students who were close to her. To see that is sad and depressing," Ramroop told News Leader Nine.

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