Family and friends gathered in a parking lot directly under a billboard that one Columbus mother put up in an attempt to get information leading to the arrest of a person — or people — who shot and killed her son and her nephew in 2017.
It was a vigil filled with prayers, candles, and balloons.
“Let us continue to pray for the families that have lost their sons,” said Pastor Jonathan Sanders.
Cynthia White, the mother of Daryll Gavin and aunt of Theodore Stokes, celebrated her fiftieth birthday under the billboard she put up to help find their killers.
White said the vigil was her way of not letting anyone forget the murders.
“I’d rather be here than at the cemetery on my 50th birthday,” said White.
Her birthday was spent it in the company of those who love her, and of those who also want justice for two cousins killed more than a year and a half ago.
Pastor Sanders gave the eulogy for Gavin and Stokes. Now he asks the community to come forward with any information about the murders.
“Remember we got killers on the loose,” said Pastor Sanders. “You could be a victim, I could be a victim, and with people like this on the streets going about their very lives it’s dangerous for all of us that live in the city of Columbus.”
On this night White can hug and smile with family and friends on her birthday, but she knows this moment of happiness will fade because her son’s killer is still free.
“Everybody will go home, the smile will go, and the reality will set in that he wasn’t able to spend it with me,” said White.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers.