Candlelight vigil held for Nathan Wombles

Candlelight vigil for Nathan Wombles

PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - It was an emotional night in Phenix City as family and friends gathered to remember 31-year old Nathan Wombles, a man whose family says was killed while trying to protect his younger brother.

Tears flowed from many in the crowd as they reflected on the man they loved, saying he was taken away too soon.

His father Jerry Wombles told the crowd to hold onto to their children, and to tell them they love them as much as possible.

"I'm going through it, and I don't know if I'm even going to survive it, because I can't bring him back," Jerry Wombles said.

Nate as some called him was killed 3 months ago.
 
Phenix City police said the father of two was hit in Phenix City on Bonanza Drive, by a teenager driving a 1987 Jeep Wrangler. He could possibly be tried as an adult.

Nate's widow Jessica Wombles said the love and support from the some-100 people at the vigil was comforting.

"It's not easy and the family is still grieving, but were trusting in the criminal system to do what they need to do," Jessica Wombles said.

The family released lanterns at the ends of the vigil as a way to say hello and goodbye.

"I think my husband is definitely smiling down right now," she said.

The family has put up "Justice for Nathan" billboard's on Highway 80.

The teen suspect in this case will face a judge for a preliminary hearing on July 28th, and a large crowd is expected.

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