Kendricks’ father, Clarence Roberts, said his daughter will be remembered for so much more than what happened at the park Monday.
“She’s always been an angel,” Roberts said. “We knew that girl was special. Our baby was special to everybody.”
Many of those at the vigil held photos of Kendricks and wore red in her memory, saying Lovely Kendricks’ name was perfect for her because everything about her was lovely.
Another of those who spoke thanked Kendricks’ parents for sharing her with the world, while another who worked with Kendricks at concessions at Clippers games said the line would be around to corner just to get things from her.
“I’m hurt, I’m mad, I’m everything,” Kendricks’ mother Doris Moore said. “More than anything, I’m lost without my baby.”
Another speaker at the vigil said Kendricks was the type of person who could turn a frown upside down.
“She was ambitious, funny,” said one of the speakers. “Every time she walked in the door clowning, everybody laughed. She lit the whole room up. That was my first cousin.”
Earlier in the day Wednesday, Columbus police named 18-year-old Roshawn Adkins Jr. as the suspect in the shooting.
“To know that someone hurt your baby and they’re still out in this world walking around is crazy,” said Kiara Watson, a close friend of the family. “He needs to be in custody so she can have justice she deserves.”
In addition to remembering Kendricks’ life, many at the vigil called for an end to the violence in Columbus, calling on the community and parents to come together to end it.