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Vigil held for murdered Huntsville woman

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On Saturday, friends and family of Mercedes Morris gathered for a vigil to remember her. On Saturday, friends and family of Mercedes Morris gathered for a vigil to remember her.
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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

On Saturday, friends and family of Mercedes Morris gathered for a vigil to remember her. 

Morris, 21, was shot on New Year's Day in Huntsville's first homicide of 2014. Investigators said she was waiting inside a car around 9:30 p.m. in a driveway on the 2700 block of Bridge Road at the time of the shooting.

She was waiting for her boyfriend, and before he returned, several offenders approached and began shooting at the house. After the shooting, officers said her boyfriend came out of the house and found Morris still inside the car. Investigators said he then drove to the Shell Gas Station at Blue Spring Road and Sparkman Drive where he dialed 911.

Morris was taken to Huntsville Hospital where she was pronounced dead. No arrests have been made.

At Saturday's vigil, her cousin, Xzavia Acklin, said she lost her best friend.

"I haven't slept," Acklin said. "It's not a time that I don't think about her. The police have a couple of leads, but none that help me sleep at night. None. I just want everybody to know that she was loved and had no enemies."

Acklin said her family wants answers so they can have closure.

"Come forward. Stop this. I'm no snitch thing because it's not right. If it was your sister, your niece, your auntie, you would want somebody to come," she said.

Morris' funeral will be on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at First Missionary Baptist Church in Huntsville.

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