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Family, Friends Hold Vigil for Missing Teen

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Nineteen-year-old DaShad Smith was last seen 18 days ago.

Saturday night, his family and friends held a candlelight vigil to shine light on his disappearance.

More than 30 people carried candles as they walked from the location near West Main Street where Smith was last seen on November 20 to the Amtrak station where he was supposed to meet a friend.

The vigil's participants were focusing on how to get the community and police officers more involved in their search.

"Tonight I'm just appealing to the public; let's come together as a body and a people and fight for our rights, fight to make sure our citizens you know are protected," said Bemeche Hicks, a friend of Smith's family.

Kenneth Jackson, Smith's cousin, said, "Tonight was about attracting attention and keeping the lights burning so DaShad can find his way home safely. It was great to actually see the community come out as they did."

Smith's family and friends say they are planning another event for some time next week.

Police are encouraging anyone with information about DaShad Smith's whereabouts to call Crime Stoppers at 434-977-4000.

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