Family and friends gather to remember 18-year-old Columbus murder victim

Family and friends gather to remember 18-year-old Columbus murder victim

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Family and friends of Columbus’ latest murder victim, Destinee Virgin, returned to Macon Road Monday evening.

At 7 p.m. sharp, balloons were released in the air.

The candlelight vigil followed with prayer, and recalling of good memories of how people are remembering Virgin.

“We used to ride the bus together, and we used to just always clown on the bus and have fun and joke . That’s how she was. She was always a laughing person, just having fun,” said former Carver High School classmate, Elisia Robinson.

The 18-year old was a recent graduate of Carver High School in Columbus.

Family and friends said Virgin was full of life, but Saturday evening, her life would be abruptly cut short.

Virgin was shot and killed on Macon Road, allegedly at the hands of her ex-boyfriend, 17-year-old Markel Ervin.

Ervin was arrested one day after and charged with murder.

“It really just messed my head up, never type of person you think would be gone like that, not in a situation like this, not as a foul as she left,” said Robinson.

“You’re not supposed to lose your child, your child is supposed to lose you. So, it hurts,” said Zachary Farrow.

Farrow said Virgin’s death hits too close to home.

He also lost his daughter, Mariah Farrow, in a similar situation in September 2015.

Farrow said he came to the vigil to show support, but speaking before the crowd, saying, “something has to change.”

“It’s happening again. What can we do to get this resolved? How can we get into these kids' mind to let them know it is not what they think it is in these streets? It’s really not,” said Farrow.

For the many other people who came to show their love and support, they said they are just trying to understand what they call a senseless killing.

The memorial is left on the side of the road reminding passing drivers of Columbus’ latest victim of violence.

Ervin will face a judge for the first time Tuesday at 9 a.m.

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