A candlelight vigil was held in Wyoming on Wednesday, Jan. 3.

Friends and family were honoring the life of 25-year-old mother Leticia Vela.

"My daughter...is gone," said Rose Ramirez, Vela's Mother.

Police say Vela was shot and killed by her boyfriend 37-year-old Ladale Williams-Nelson on New Years Day. Nelson claims the shooting was an accident, but Vela's mother said she refuses to believe him.

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"To me that was not an accident, you don't pull a gun on somebody's face, if it was an accident you should of never put a gun to somebody's face...that's not an accident," Ramirez said.

Williams-Nelson is now facing multiple charges including open murder.

Vela's family has set-up a GoFundMe page to help Vela's children and assist in funeral costs.

Williams-Nelson is due back in court on January 17.

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