Vigil held for young mother killed in Tampa shooting - FOX 13 News

Vigil held for young mother killed in Tampa shooting

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

Soon after "RIP BA" for Brianna Anderson was flickering in candles, the tears began to flow.

"I love you and I miss you friend you were a real true friend to me," said Carlette Brice, Brianna's best friend.

Brianna was just 22 years old when she was shot and killed Wednesday. She already had a son and was getting ready to give birth to a baby girl. She couldn't have been more excited.

"I was blown away because I have kids of my own and she was so excited to meet her daughter," Queennae George said. "She always had a smile on her face never mean to anybody. Always a joyful person."

Doctors were able to save the baby Brianna will never meet, she's been named Joanna.

Friends say the baby's father is Jamar Silas, Brianna's boyfriend. Police say he's also the man that killed her. He was arrested after a massive manhunt.

"She just always brushed it off, he was just always like that. Violent toward her? Yes," said Brice.

"It is hard to get out of situations when you love someone you would never think a person would hurt you the way they would until it happens," said George.

For that reason, friends and neighbors are using this vigil not only to remember Brianna, but as a way to speak out against senseless gun and domestic violence.

"It will be an effect on this community for a number of weeks, and I hope it brings it light to a call for action," said Ali Muhammad, with the New Black Panther Party.

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