Family, friends, and students at the University of Virginia are remembering a slain Albemarle County man. Wednesday night, a vigil was held for 22-year-old Jarvis Brown, who was gunned down last month.
Brown's death has sent shockwaves through his family and through the UVA community, where he worked. Now, students are coming together to help bring his family closure.
"It was just amazing to see all the people that showed up for him. It showed that he was a good loving person,” said Shirley Holley, Brown’s mother.
The vigil, organized by the UVA Living Wage campaign, honored Brown, who worked at a university dining hall.
"We are all part of one community even though we may not all interact on a day-to-day basis,” said Erin Sutherland, one of the vigil’s organizers.
People who knew Brown shared memories and many also described his smile that his family so often speaks of.
"He was loved and I think the smile caught a lot of people and he was good at heart,” said Brown’s cousin, Devon Alexander.
Brown was fatally shot October 17 on Woodland Drive in Charlottesville, in the city’s first homicide case of the year. Three weeks later police arrested Tsaye Simpson, but questions remain. Police aren't releasing a motive or saying if the two knew each other.
"I need to know why,” Holley said.
While the family waits for those answers, both they and the university community will continue to honor Brown.
"I know right now he's smiling down on us saying, ‘mom I'm OK,’” Holley said.
Simpson is behind bars, charged with first-degree murder, but police say this is still an ongoing investigation. If you have any information police say they would like to hear from you.