Family and friends gathered for a candlelight vigil for a 21-year-old woman who was allegedly killed at the hands of her boyfriend. (WRDW-TV / Feb. 3, 2012)
News 12 at 11 o'clock / Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Friends and family joined together Thursday night to remember the life of a murdered 21-year-old.
They say they don't want Cayce Vice to be a forgotten victim.
Vice was a 21-year old pregnant woman who was shot in her own bed Saturday morning. Investigators say her boyfriend, Joshua Jones, killed her before gunning down an Aiken public safety officer.
They want to make sure what happened to Vice doesn't happen to anyone else.
"We are all here standing against violence and abusive relationships," said Pamela Harden, one of the event organizers.
They planned the vigil to support Vice's family and to remember her, but they said the larger message they are trying to send is one against domestic violence.
"What we can do is take a proactive step to make sure that there are no more Cayce Vices in Augusta, Ga.," said Pastor Don Prosser.
Prosser gave the same message at her memorial service on Wednesday night.
Vice was shot just three days after her 21st birthday. Family and friends said her relationship with Jones had recently become abusive. Last week, an argument sent her to the hospital.
"I didn't expect him to do that to her, she's just a beautiful girl and she didn't deserve it," said her friend, Lauren Williams.
They say if their message touched just one person who attended the vigil, then it has made a difference.
"No one understands why [it happened], but if this can help future relationships for people who are being abused, if it can help stop that or help them realize there is help out there for them, that may be the good thing of all this," Harden said.
They want Vice's death to send that message to others in abusive situations.
"Cayce's young life of just 21 years will not be lived in vain, but her life will help save the lives of other young women," Prosser said.
The vigil was more than just a message against violence and domestic abuse; it was also a way to remember Vice and say goodbye.
"Amazing. She was all-around amazing. She got along with everybody," Williams said.
One of the questions that still remains unanswered is if Jones will be charged with feticide for the death of Vice's unborn child. Investigators are awaiting the official autopsy results before they can make any decisions on this.
News 12 will keep you updated on this case.