Friends and family remember Candice Tate during vigil

By Stefano DiPietrantonio - email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A street in Avondale was jam-packed Thursday night, as friends and family held vigil for a young woman killed by a stray bullet. The community was mourning the loss of Candice Tate.
Police are still looking for the maroon 1994 Lincoln Continental that was being shot at, when the bullets missed the car and took the life of Candice Tate instead.
Folks stood in the middle of the street, arm outstretched upward to the heavens with candles glowing on a chill November night. It was a circle of candlelight and prayers for 27-year-old Candice Tate.
"We thank you tonight for the voluntary lamb tonight that gave us the wisdom and the courage and the strength to come out tonight despite the danger, despite everything that's been said," bellowed the man with the bullhorn.
Candice's father lovingly placed a bunch of her teddy bears and stuffed animals at a makeshift memorial.
"It's been hard on her family, on our family, the community in general," said her cousin, Karen Hixon. "Candice was a lively soul, she was loud, she was fun, had a good heart she was a loyal person too."
A signed banner from family and friends hung in the hedges not far from the spot where Candice was shot and killed by stray gunfire.
"Nothing like this should happen to any family," Hixon said.
Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence, or CIRV, organized the vigil.
"We believe that we come together as a community that we join forces as a community and change will come," said a CIRV Representative.
Daires Hall, 19, who is accused of shooting Tate, turned himself in to police. Hall is in jail on a $1 million dollars bond.
"Everybody's broken-up about it, that's why you have to come out and support people when stuff like this happens," said Hixon.
There was plenty of gospel singing and plenty of tears shed as family and friends mourn the loss of a young life.
"That's my friend, they took my friend," said a woman known only as LuLu. "She in a better place, a better place, don't know why but in a better place."
Services for Candice Tate are at the New Prospect Church from 10-12 on Elm Street in downtown Cincinnati Friday, November 19th.

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