Willie Mae Wallace with her 9-year-old daughter, Taniyah (Source:WALB)
The vigil encouraged the community to end domestic violence. (Source:WALB)
Wallace's four children lite candles in her honor. (Source:WALB)
Charlie Mae Wallace, Mother (Source:WALB)
Bentavin Willis, Friend (Source:WALB)
CAMILLA, GA (WALB) -
Dozens of people gathered at a vigil Thursday night to remember a Camilla woman that was killed last week.
Willie Mae Wallace's best friend of more than 30 years organized the event, remembering her friend and encouraging the community to put an end to domestic violence.
That was the message preached at Thursday's candlelight vigil for Willie Mae Wallace, whose life ended tragically, triggering a six hour standoff with her husband. A tragedy that has left her family speechless.
"I ain't got too much to say but I loved my baby," said Willie's mother, Charlie Mae Wallace.
Family and friends said that Wallace brought joy to so many people's lives.
"To know her was to love her," said Willie's friend Bentavin Willis.
"She would do anything for anybody. She wouldn't hurt nobody," explained Charlie.
Wallace was a hero to her grandchildren and four children who lit candles in her honor.
"I'm trying to be strong for the children," said Charlie.
Willie's husband, 49-year-old Fredrick Murray who has a lengthy criminal record, is now charged with murdering her.
9 candles were lit Thursday, signifying how common domestic violence is.
There was a sea of purple in the crowd as people wore purple shirts and bows to stand against domestic violence.
"If there's no love, you can't make it be. You don't have to stay with nobody to have a husband," said Charlie.
"Speak up about it because no woman should have to face abuse. No woman. Any man that hits a woman is a coward," explained Willis.
Funeral services for Willie Mae Wallace will be held Saturday at Saint Mary Missionary Baptist Church in Baconton at 3 p.m.