Family and friends 'light up the sky' during vigil for slain mother

Vigil for Barbie Dailey, victim of domestic violence

MUSKEGON, MICH. - Family and friends were lighting up the sky on Thursday in Muskegon to remember Barbie Dailey, 22.

Police said she was killed by her ex-boyfriend Sunday at her home in Muskegon.

Family and friends chanted "Justice For Barbie" several times during the candlelight ceremony before releasing balloons in the sky. Barbie's family is now joining the fight to end domestic violence while doing their best to keep her memory alive.

"Barbie, you're forever in our hearts no matter what, you're a very lovely person and always will be, I miss you tons," guardian Wendy Verela said.

"I just want to tell her that I love her and I'll take good care of both of our girls, I'm going to stay strong for them and it'll be the death of me if anybody tries to take them from me or harm them," father of two of her children Christopher Hughes said.

The family is also sponsoring a fundraiser to help continue to care for Barbie's three children.

Her funeral will be held on Friday at 1 p.m. at the Fellowship Reform Church on Apple Avenue.

If you'd like to help financially, a GoFundMe page has been set up to help cover funeral expenses and support Barbie's children.

You can also find more information and services for victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault at http://www.everywomansplace.org/.

(© 2016 WZZM)


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