‘The system failed this young woman’ Local advocate speaks out following murder of Columbus teen

‘The system failed this young woman’ Local advocate speak out following murder of Columbus teen

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The murder of Columbus 18-year old, Destinee Virgin, is sparking concern.

The fatal shooting happened Saturday evening near the intersection of Rigdon Road and Macon Road.

Virgin was found suffering from multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at an area hospital.

Her 17-year old ex boyfriend, Markel Ervin, according to family members, was arrested in connection to the fatal shooting.

"It’s a blow to the city, yet again,” said Pastor Delta Outley, CEO and founder SAVE non-profit organization.

Ervin and Virgin’s relationship described by family members was volatile.

In April, Virgin was reportedly kidnapped by Ervin, according to court records.

Family members say she was found badly beaten with a busted ear drum.

Monday morning, Outley says she was moved to visit the scene.

The local advocate says the system failed this young woman.

"I don’t know all the details, but I do believe that somebody or something fell through the cracks on this case. The city wants to know, what failed this family. Now they will be burying their 18-year old daughter which is heartless and senseless yet again in this city,” says Outley.

Other people in the community are taking to social media to raise awareness about domestic violence and youth violence using the hashtag, ‘Justice for Destinee,’

"As far as Columbus, Georgia, we have a problem and we need to work together to get things done. We need to come together. We’re not all going to agree on everything, but we need to work together as a community,” said Phylicia Abrams, a resident of Columbus.

Family members are asking for help funding the Virgin’s unexpected funeral. A GoFundMeAccount has been set up to help with expenses.

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