Nearly 200 mourners celebrate Tameka Claiborne's life

By Tara Morgan - bio | email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - A heartbreaking memorial for a murdered Richmond mother. A candle light vigil was held for Tameka Claiborne last night.

Close to 200 people gathered outside a home in Chesterfield County to celebrate the life of Claiborne. Mourners were told to focus on the happier times.

A sea of candles for Claiborne. Mourners couldn't mask their pain.

"My father's been having a hard time he kept saying, 'I felt like something's wrong'," said Tracey Shepperson, Tameka's sister.

Tameka came from a large family. Three brothers and two sisters.

"We've all just been trying to keep each other together," said Shepperson.

Alexis Walton lost her best friend. She'd known Tameka since she was twelve and worked with her at a Richmond call center. Walton says she last spoke to Tameka at work last Tuesday, the same day she went missing.

Three days later, a chimney sweep found Tameka's body along the James River in Charles City County.

"I'm just not understanding why someone would do something like that. She was a good person," said Walton.

"It was very grim. I was devastated. I had just seen her that Monday at lunch. She was just sitting in the break room very quiet," said Stephanie Carter, who also worked with Tameka.

On this somber night, mourners lifted their candles to Claiborne. The young mother remembered for her bright smile.

"She had a pretty smile. She was a nice, soft spoken person...a beautiful person," said Carter.

Pastor Joe Ellison told mourners to look out for Claiborne's son and also to pray that justice will be served.

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