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Candlelight vigil held to honor homicide victim

LAWTON, Okla._ Family, friends and the community came together at Liberty Lake Saturday for a candlelight vigil to remember the 23-year-old victim of the city's fifth homicide that most knew as Jimmy Kemp.

Kemp's family said the vigil is the start of their fight to the end the violence that led to his death.

Kemp was fatally shot on Thursday in front of a vacant apartment near NW 19th Street and Hoover.  The 911 call originally said Kemp slipped and fell on the ice, but first responders quickly determined his injuries were to not due to a fall but a gunshot wound.

At least 100 people came to the candlelight vigil to remember the life of Jimmy Kemp.

Candles were passed out, then lit to remember a life that was taken too soon. After lighting the candles, friends and family honored his life.

"He was the one that kind of tagged along and always wanted to be part of the group. He was like the little brother my son never had," said Leland Martin.

Jimmy's foster mom, Shelly Gordon said, "Jimmy was a loving person. He loved life. He lived each and every day with just a smile."

The family was proud to see so many friends and family members come out to remember a life lived. Jimmy's foster brother Clint Gordon said the support helps during this difficult time.

"It makes you feel great. He was my brother, my sidekick, we were best friends, and he meant a lot to me. I love him very much, and this means a lot to me," said Gordon.

There was a blank white shirt that was Jimmy's at the vigil.  Those in attendance were invited to write a special note to him.  The line to do that stayed incredibly long, lined with people wanting to write one final goodbye to Jimmy.

Details about what led up to the shooting of Kemp have still not been released by police. They said Saturday that they are still conducting interviews and processing additional evidence.

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