Tearful emotions filled the vigil for 15-year-old Tamara Dodson, who had been shot and was laying in front of her close friend Saturday evening on the east side of Columbus.
Parents used the vigil for Tamara Dodson as wakeup call to the friends asking them to stay away from guns. One woman speaking during the vigil said to the crowd, “We will lose another one and another one, another sister, another friend.”
Tamara, who many knew as Rudy, was enrolled at East High School. Keisha Baker said she will miss her: “I’m never going to see her dance in front of me no more, laugh, come wake me up in the morning.”
Baker was a close friend of Dodson and says she was there with her friend the night she was shot. “I had to see here there like that and I couldn’t do nothing,” said Baker. “She was laying in front of me.”
As they light candles and hug one another, they try to remember the life Rudy lived as a fun loving teen and a dancer.
Rudy danced with the Platinum Divas Dance Team. Her dance coach, Belaune Gravely, said Rudy was more than just a student to her.
“We were like family,” said Gravely, adding that Rudy was more like her daughter.
A simple “love u” text was Rudy’s final message to Gravely. Now this dance coach is left thinking about what Rudy’s life could have been.
“Rudy was so young,” said Gravely. “She was so talented. I mean it’s just sad to know that her life was cut short.”