• Vigil held for slain college student

    By: Lauren Coleman


    Emotions filled the air Monday evening as hundreds gathered in the rain on Danville Road in Parkway Village to remember 18-year-old Kiara Tatum.

    Tatum was gunned down in the 3000 block of Danville Road on New Year’s Day making her the first homicide of 2017.

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    Grandmother Thelma Ellis told FOX13 Tatum was loved by many. “Smart and tall. They called her Big Bird. I called her NuNu, because she was my first new grandbaby,” Ellis said.

    Ellis said she has not come to peace with her granddaughter’s death. “Innocent people getting killed,” Ellis said.

    “Somebody that’s going to school that wanted to be a nurse and wanted something out of life.”

    Tatum was a student at LeMoyne-Owen college.

    Her 10-year-old cousin Joshua Thompson said the violence needs to stop. “Why you keep killing people, but you say black lives matter?,” Thompson asked. “That’s a black life you just took away.”

    Grandma Ellis said she hopes justice is served.

    “So, I ask the young man, turn yourself in,” Ellis said.

    “I can’t hate you, but it’s hard to say I want to forgive you, because that’s what my God says.”

    Police say this is an ongoing investigation.

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