Four people have been charged in the beating death of a Colonial Heights man. 22-year-old Rusty Mack died Thursday after being in a coma for two weeks.
Colonial Heights Police have charged the victim's estranged wife and three others, including a juvenile, in the case:
Ashley Mack, 19 of Colonial Heights is charged with: First Degree Murder and Murder by Mob. Mack is incarcerated at Riverside Regional Jail with no bond.
Jonathan Guy, 20 of Colonial Heights is charged with: First Degree Murder and Murder by Mob. Guy is incarcerated at Riverside Regional Jail with no bond.
Francis Blaha III, 20, of Colonial Heights is charged with: Murder by Mob. Blaha is incarcerated at Riverside Regional Jail with no bond.
A female juvenile involved in the case has also been charged with First Degree Murder and Murder by Mob and is being held at the Chesterfield Juvenile Detention Center.
We spoke to those closest to Rusty Mack. They were shocked to see the juvenile suspect at school Thursday.
"I'm heartbroken," said childhood friend Miranda Lee as she fought back tears.
The emotions are still too raw after learning her friend Rusty was beaten to death, police say, at the hands of his estranged wife Ashley Mack and three others.
"Me and Ashley were very close," said Miranda. "To know that she could do something like this really just broke my heart."
A 17-year-old female juvenile also faces murder charges in the beating death investigation.
"Just having to walk by the girl who did it at school is just hard," said Morgan Lee. "Just having to walk by her and act like nothing happened."
Family friend Beth Lee is working now to try and console her young children.
"It's a close town," said Beth. "All the kids go to school together, and it just makes it really hard to understand."
Many people brought small tokens trying to find a way to cope with Rusty's death.
"Just the thought that he won't be able to be here," said Miranda. "He is gone for good because of their mistake."
"I have done all I could the last couple of days to keep it together," said Rusty's mentor Kelly Doan.
Doan still finds it hard to digest that a 17, 19, and 20 year old now face charges for the unthinkable.
"Just stomping literally the life out of somebody," said Doan. "That's exactly what happened. This is something out a movie."
Rusty's cousin is organizing a candlelight vigil. It will be held Friday at 9 pm. They plan to start at the Big Lots and walk to the makeshift memorial that is now growing in front of Rusty's residence along the 11000 block of Shuford Avenue in Colonial Heights.
Also, this Saturday a benefit event will be held to help Mack's family cover medical and funeral expenses. It will be held at the Quality Inn on Old Stage Road in Chester from 1 pm to 5 pm.
For more information about the benefit event for Rusty Mack, visit the Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/events/105885892932986/
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