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Friends and family hold vigil for Rusty Mack in Colonial Heights

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COLONIAL HEIGHTS, VA (WWBT) -

Friends and family came together Friday to remember Rusty Mack, the 21-year-old that spent two weeks in a coma and died Thursday after a brutal beating.

Four people were charged in the beating death - including Mack's estranged wife and a juvenile. Attorneys say she will be charged as an adult.

People have been coming and leaving items at what is a growing makeshift memorial for Rusty.

"I love that kid, and there isn't anything I wouldn't do for him right now," said Kelly Doan.

Tears were shed and dozens gathered with a sea of candles to remember Rusty.

"No one deserves to die how it did…how he suffered. No one!" said Rusty's aunt Melissa Herman.

Colonial Heights police charged the victim's estranged wife Ashley Mack and three others, including a juvenile, with murder.

"I couldn't believe it," said Herman. "Rusty was such a nice guy, and it has devastated our family."

Those closest to Rusty are finding some comfort in knowing that all four suspects are now in custody.

A large crowd gathered for the vigil, but it wasn't a problem because Colonial Heights Police blocked off the stretch so that the family could remember their loved one.

"I hope that justice will be served for the sake of our family," said Rusty's cousin Sean Voigt.

Voigt made matching jackets for family and love ones sporting "Team Rusty." The two enjoyed hunting together.

"We fought. We laughed. We cried together - and now I don't have that anymore," said Voigt.

The family is planning to have the funeral next Tuesday. Meanwhile, there is a benefit for the family Saturday.

For more information about the benefit event for Rusty Mack, visit the Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/events/105885892932986/

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