A family in Eastern Henrico is grieving the brutal death of their loved-one, Isaiah Thompson, shot and killed exactly two years ago.
Thompson, 22, was one of three people shot at an apartment complex off Newbridge Road, August 18, in 2011. The other two victims managed to survive.
Isaiah's family says they're waiting for justice. They say the two suspects arrested in his shooting are due in court this December. However, Sunday night was about remembering a young man described as strong, and always smiling.
A crowd of Isaiah's closest family and friends gathered in front of his family's home, in Eastern Henrico. The vigil could only bring tears for his mother, Ronda Thompson. The pain is still as piercing, two years later.
"He just meant the world to me… We shared a lot of things together," said Ronda Thompson, of her middle child.
Members at the gathering lit candles and released balloons, hoping to reach their missing brother.
Brothers LaTaray and Shawn Tyler say Isaiah was a close friend since grade school.
"More than a memory to us. He's still here with us," said Shawn Tyler.
LaTary tattooed Isaiah's nickname "Tay" on his neck, forever with him, through body and soul.
"Quiet, never said too much. Always smiling… That was his thing, smiling," described LaTaray Tyler, of his dear friend.
A year and a half after Isaiah was shot, Henrico police arrested two suspects. Terrance Wallace and Delante Rowe were charged with conspiracy to commit murder.
Ronda says she'll stay strong as she waits for more clarity to be revealed, during trial.
"It's all in God's hands…I'm just going to stay focused and do what I have to do, and keep my head up," continued Ronda. "(Isaiah) was like my protector, just as now he's my angel, just watches over me."
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