Family still seeks justice one year after Rusty Mack's death

COLONIAL HEIGHTS, VA (WWBT) - It's been exactly one year since Rusty Mack died from hitting his head after allegedly being kicked to the ground during an alcohol-fueled fight.

Friday night, friends and family gathered at a Colonial Heights parking lot near to where that fight happened for a candlelight vigil.

Mack was in a coma for two weeks before succumbing to his injuries on February 28, 2013. The medical examiner says he died of blunt force injury to his head.

"He will live on," said friend Phyllis DeLong. "He will live on in our hearts and we're here tonight to show that."

Wearing "Team Rusty" gear, a family divided says they are trying to heal.

Jonathan Guy is Mack's step-cousin and was initially charged in connection with his murder. A jury found him not guilty last year.

Guy's mom spoke to NBC12 telling us, her family was torn apart by Mack's death and they are trying to heal.

Francis Blaha and Mack's estranged wife, Ashley Mack, also faced murder charges but prosecutors dropped the charges saying there wasn't enough evidence to convict them.

"From what I've been told they wasn't the ones that contributed to his death," said Belinda Cardwell, Rusty's mom. "It was that fatal kick that ended Rusty's life."

The Commonwealth says, that fatal kick came from 18-year-old Blair Dacey. She is the only person left facing charges in the Rusty Mack murder case.

"I guess she just felt like she was going to come up and kick him and it will be nothing," said Mack's aunt, Carol Clayton. "I just want to see her get her day in court because she has no remorse for what she did at all."

The judge presiding over Dacey's case stepped down so the Virginia Supreme Court needs to appoint a new judge. A trial date will be set after that happens.

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