COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A Columbus woman is dead following a senseless shooting on the night of Jan. 25. Marvine Bailey, also known as Marilyn among her friends and family, was shot in the chest and killed while walking from her uncle's house to her mother's home on Forsyth St. The 47-year-old victim is the second homicide victim of 2014 in Columbus.
Officials say gun shots rang out from a passing car. Bailey tried to run away from them as she ran towards her mother's house. However, the gunman chased her down, firing a bullet into her chest at around 7:45 p.m. Bailey was pronounced dead at 8:19 p.m. at Midtown Medical Center.
Bailey's best friend, Meronica Price, rushed to the hospital when she received a call from Bailey's mother. She was with Bailey's family throughout the night.
"Hurtful, painful and traffic," Price recalled the moment she entered the medical center. "I mean, we are all in shock. We really don't know what to do."
Price and Bailey worked together for almost eight years at Houlihan's restaurant. They instantly became best friends after working together. Price said she never thought this tragedy would ever happen to her friend.
"Marilyn's family is in shock just like the rest of us," Price explained. "I still can't believe it. She's gone. We were working together and hanging out literally four hours before I received the horrifying call about her incident."
Price said it was a normal Saturday at the restaurant where the two worked together in the kitchen. Bailey's shift ended at 4 p.m. About four hours later, Price had received a call about the incident.
"She was full of life. We always had a good time," Price said. "Some things I loved about her were that she loved her family, her kids and her grand kids. She's a good friend to everyone. I tell my best friend that I love her as much as I can. I told her I loved her yesterday. I didn't know that was going to be the last time."