Vigil held for the one year anniversary of slain mother and unborn child

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – September 7th marks the one year anniversary of the shooting death of Maryiah Coleman and her unborn baby.

Tears fell from peoples cheeks as family and friends reminisced about the memories of a slain mother taken too soon.

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“She loved being pregnant, she was so excited about having a baby and being a mother and we want people to know that as opposed to, you know what happened on September 7th 2016.”

Family and friends, along with the Windburn Community came together to talk about the good memories. After memories were shared, friends released balloons and Maryiah’s cousin said a prayer. He explained the kind of person she was.

“Just a good fun loving, spunky attitude, just an average girl, she was super special though, she had a real sweet kind heart.”



After family and friends released balloons in the sky in memory of Maryiah, they came to the spot across the street right behind the sign of the apartment building, where they found Maryiah dead.

“I know there are other mothers that are experiencing this right now, the gun violence has got to stop. Please put the guns down, please, you are sentencing a family to a lifetime of hurt and pain, and that pain never goes away, it never goes away.”

“If you have young children, raise them correctly, raise them so they know that the streets isn’t what life is meant to be and that these people you see on the news that are out here getting murdered, these people aren’t characters, this could happen to anybody.”

Tamara Coleman says she hopes no mother has to go through what she did.