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Shining a light on a community tragedy

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Friends and family of Glenn Thomas, also known as rap musician 'Doe B,' and Kimberle Johnson gathered for a candlelight vigil in front of the Centennial Bar & Grill on Highland Avenue near downtown Montgomery Sunday night.

Thomas and Johnson were shot to death inside the club Saturday morning around 1. Six more people were injured as well.  So far no one's been arrested in connection with the shootings.

"We are sick and tired of this!," said Rev. Edward Nettles told the crowd of around 40.

There was a heavy police presence at the vigil.

We've learned since the shootings Thomas did not perform at the club but attended as a patron.

"I am tired of having to comfort a friend who loses a loved one in gun violence," said Lea Epps who helped put on the vigil.

Much has been reported about Thomas. He was born in Montgomery and had just performed a few shows in Arkansas before Christmas.

Now we're learning more about Johnson. A student at Troy University, Johnson celebrated her 21rst birthday at Centennial. It appears Johnson was an innocent bystander. Johnson suffered a gunshot wound to the head and died on the scene. Thomas died some time later in a Montgomery hospital.

Deneka Bullock grew up with Kimberle Johnson.

"We went to Robert E. Lee High School together in Montgomery. She really wanted to help people," said Bullock.

20-year old Clarence Young was among the 8 people shot. Young says a bullet went through his back, narrowly missing a lung and exited his right shoulder.

"It was so chaotic I didn't know what was going on. I guess I didn't hit the ground fast enough. The shots came from the back of the building," said Young.

While homicide investigators continue to search for the gunman, Montgomery city leaders wasted little time shutting down the business Saturday afternoon. The owner of the club's liquor license 'voluntarily surrendered' her license to the ABC Board. The two murders bring the city's overall total of 48 homicides this year.

It was just a year ago when several people were shot at what used to be the Rose Supper Club in the same building on Highland Avenue.

"I want you to use the social media.. your tweets and your facebook page and send out messages that enough is enough! We can't take this anymore! Down with all the guns and violence!" another speaker told the crowd.

At the vigil attendees remembered the victims and left with a new determination to somehow stop the bloodshed.

 

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