Reporting Tony Lopez
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A huge gathering was held Wednesday night as heavy-hearted family and friends of a murder victim vowed to keep love alive.
They raised their candles more than a few times in honor of Luv Land, a young woman killed by her boyfriend, a prominent local high school football coach.
It was just this past Sunday that a Natomas neighborhood was surrounded by police officers responding to a horrific crime, a murder-suicide. But on Wednesday, the neighborhood became a place of peace and remembrance.
Love was in the air on the breezy night in the Natomas neighborhood, and Luv was also in their hearts and on their minds.
“Her life was cut short, but her life was well-lived,” said her uncle.
Luv’s life ended in the very home now surrounded by people determined to keep her spirit alive.
“I’ve never seen my niece in a down moment,” said her uncle.
As the candle’s flame danced in the darkness, and its flicker fighting the cool nighttime air, Luv’s family and friends fought back tears.
Many were letting go of their emotions, while vowing to never let go of the memories of the 28-year-old woman, who was working on her Ph.D.
She was killed by the man many feel is no man at all. Her boyfriend turned killer was a well-known football coach, who some feel received too much attention after the tragedy.
For the big crowd, it was time to turn that focus back to Luv.
“She’s dancing in heaven right now because we are praising her life right now,” said another speaker.
While this is a story of love lost, it is also a celebration of love and a life cut down by tragedy, lifted up on this night by an overwhelming spirit.
So many people showed up to Wednesday’s vigil that half of the street had to be blocked off.