VIGIL FOR JASMINE MORRIS | 'I'm numb right now'
BALTIMORE (WBFF) -Dozens of people gathered Wednesday evening to remember a loved-one who was killed by her ex-boyfriend. The victim is 20-year-old Jasmine Morris, a beloved church choir member.
It was a celebration of life at Herring Run Park, with balloons and white T-shirts to remember Jasmine.
"She has peace now, and of course, we didn't want her to go. But God knows what's best," said Rev. Clara Bailey, an associate minister at New Shiloh Baptist Church in Dundalk, where the family worships.
Brandon Gordon was among those at the park to honor Jasmine.
"I'm trying to hold it back as best as I can,” said Gordon.
He said Jasmine was a friend who seemed more like a sister.
“I'm numb right now, just numb. 'Cause I don't want to feel that pain," said Gordon.
His loss so great, Gordon said, he can’t cry.
Police found Jasmine’s body last week on a set of bleachers at a Baltimore City high school. Investigators say the woman’s ex-boyfriend, Christopher Rather, 22, stabbed her to death. He’s arrested and charged with first-degree and second-degree murder.
At the park, there were comforting hugs and a prayer. "God, we pray, Lord, for those ones whose heads are bowed down,” said Rev. Bailey.
Jasmine’s parents smiled as they remembered how well she sang in the church choir.
"She could be taking a shower in the morning and you hear that voice rang out. The house get quiet, you feel that love," said her father Kimmie Morris.
In the end, they released the balloons and there were sounds of heartbreak.
Then, Gordon did cry.
“I never experienced a feeling like this, ever," said Gordon.
Funeral service for Jasmine Morris is Saturday, June 23, at the New Shiloh Baptist Church in Dundalk on East Avenue.