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Family mourns aspiring songwriter at Huntsville vigil

Winters was shot and killed outside his apartment complex Monday. (Source: Family) Winters was shot and killed outside his apartment complex Monday. (Source: Family)
Family members said Winters enjoyed writing songs and had been signed to a record label. Family members said Winters enjoyed writing songs and had been signed to a record label.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Family and friends of a man killed in Huntsville this week gathered to remember their loved one. A candlelight vigil was held for 20-year-old James Winters Jr. Wednesday afternoon.

Diane Battle is still reeling from losing her son. She was one of many who brought candles, bears and prayers to the vigil for the young man described as a fun loving kid who was the life of the party. Family members said Winters enjoyed writing songs and had just been signed to a record label at the time of his death.

"He had a future ahead of him," Battle said. "He was just beginning to live. He didn't even live."

Winters was shot and killed Monday night at the Monarch apartment complex on Patton Road. Friends said that an argument lead to the gun violence. Maya Tavscott said she was with James, affectionately known to friends as 'Doughboy,' that fatal night.

"It was sad and I wanted to cry but I couldn't because I didn't want him to look at me and see me crying," she said. 

On Tuesday, police arrested 21-year-old Jordan Baker in connection with Winters' death. He's charged with capital murder, a charge family says won't bring James back, but does bring them comfort.

"We just have to keep rolling," said Brian Ball, James' father. "We have to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and keep on stepping." 

Family members hope to have a funeral for Winters on Monday. Baker is being held in the Madison County metro jail without bond.

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