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Family members of Rakiem Jones forgive his killer at vigil

PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) -

Hundreds joined together in Phenix City on Tuesday night to remember, 23-year-old Rakiem Jones, the Phenix City man shot early Monday morning.

During the candlelight vigil, the family spread the message of forgiveness.

Tears flowed, prayers were lifted up, and arms joined together in hugs at a makeshift memorial near the spot Jones was killed.

"I never imagined I would be burying my brother, I never imagined my brother would go before me," said Rakiem's sister Cassandra Jones, who is the backbone of the family.

She said she forgives the person who did this to her brother.

"I forgive the guy who did this to my brother, because in order for me to get where I need to be in heaven I have to forgive. I’m not saying I will forget, because it’s going to be a long journey but I have to forgive," she said.

Rakiem’s oldest brother Mike Smith said the violence has to stop.

Some of the other seven siblings, and friends talked about Rakiem and then they released balloons into the sky.

His aunt Kathleen Murray said she was there when Rakiem proposed to his now wife of a year.

"I want him to be remembered as having a good time, I don’t want to think about how he went away," Murray said.

The family set up a GoFundMe page to help bury Rakiem. If you would like to help click this link.

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