Murder victim's family & friends taking a stand against violent crimes

Published: Nov. 12, 2015 at 9:57 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 10, 2015 at 10:27 PM CST
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ROGERSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A Shoals town is taking a stand against violence.

It has been nearly three weeks since Connie Ridgeway was found murdered inside her Rogersville apartment. Her family and friends say it has been a tough few weeks, but now it is time to take a stand against what happened.

Family friend Mark White is helping Connie Ridgeway's family organize Saturday night's candlelight vigil. They say this event is much bigger than Ridgeway.

"What we're here to do is to say, we're not going to tolerate it," explained Mark White, "Crimes like this do not need to happen in town, they don't need to happen in any community."

Police found Ridgeway dead inside her apartment last month. She is the first murder victim in decades if not ever, within the city limits.

Although investigators say they believe the murder is isolated, no suspects have been named in this case.

Family and friends hope Ridgeway's vigil will strengthen the community's united front against violent crimes.

"This is a chance for not just Rogersville but communities all around to stand against violence and this individual who's still free, there's a person out there, there's a killer still out there that may be watching right now and they will be brought to justice," said White.

The vigil is set for this Saturday at 6 o'clock at the Rogersville Heritage Park.

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