MARTINSVILLE, VA – Cold temperatures and light showers did not stop people from showing up to mourn the loss of one of the victims killed during a shooting at a Martinsville restaurant.
Police say 33-year-old Shavon Lamont Reid and 23-year-old Ke'ilo Anton Martin, both of Martinsville, were shot and killed after an argument at the bar area of El Norteño Mexican Restaurant on February 5th.
Friends and family gathered Friday night outside of Reid's barber shop Kulture Kuts LLC on A.L. Philpott Highway to remember him.
The candlelight vigil was a reminder that he was supported and loved by so many.
“My son Shavon Reid was a great person. He was a great father. He was the best son. I lived with my son. My son took care of me. He took care of his kids and he took care of probably half of Martinsville,” his mother, Felita Reid, told BTW21 News.
During the vigil, family and loved ones of Reid lit candles, cried and hugged each other and released sky lanterns and balloons into the sky.
His mother is hoping people remember her son in a positive way.
“Whatever my son did in his past, he turned that around and regardless of the fact, I know my son did not go out in vain nor did Kilo Martin go out in vain,” his mother explained. “To their family, I got nothing but love and respect for you and I want the same respect for my son. Nobody is to blame. It was a freak accident. I have lost and I know the Martins have lost.”