Mother of Murder Victim Gets Help From Co-Workers and the Community

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

After losing her daughter Hillary, many would have expected Wanda Hall to lose hope, both in life and in people.

This past Saturday, Hillary's boyfriend stabbed her to death with scissors.

But her co-workers at Circle K gas stations around Columbus pitched in to help her and her family pick up the pieces, by raising money for her daughter's funeral.

"It's just been tremendous...not only did it come from employees, but customers, vendors, you name it, all walks of life have donated for the cause," said Hall.

In less than 24 hours, Circle K employees raised over $2500... money the family desperately needed to pay for Hillary's burial costs.

"It's such a tragedy and you feel like they are part of your family, and the customers felt she was part of their family and they really rallied," Larry Markham, a spokesman for Circle K.

Local churches also donated money and even a cemetery plot.

Hall says, though, there is still one thing that needs to be resolved before she can move on...and that's bringing her daughter's boyfriend to justice.

"He needs to suffer for what he did to my daughter," said Hall.

The suspect, Jeremy Johnson, is still at the Medical Center, under armed guard, recovering from self-inflicted stab wounds.

When doctors release him, he'll be taken to the Muscogee County prison and charged with murder.