Vigil held in Swansea for woman fatally shot
SWANSEA, Mass. —
Family members and friends gathered Wednesday night for a memorial vigil and balloon release to remember a young woman shot and killed Sunday.
People who knew Melissa White came to Swansea Town Beach to remember her, not far from where she was shot on Ocean Grove Avenue.
"This is for Missy. This is her justice," said Melissa Trottier, the victim's mother.
Police said White, 23, was shot in Swansea early Sunday morning. She later died at Rhode Island Hospital.
About 100 people showed up to the balloon release.
"She's seeing them now and she's thanking everybody, that's all. I'll be up there one day too with her," Trottier said.
Timothy Levesque, 56, is facing charges of murder, assault and battery. He is accused of shooting White to death. Levesque said it was self-defense.
Lance Trottier, White's uncle, was happy to see support from friends and family members Wednesday night.
"Lot of friends from the community, we lived down here for years. A lot of friends come down for support. It was great," he said.
Melissa Trottier said she was still in shock about what happened.
"I'm still not right," she said. "I don't know when I'm going to feel pain or hurt yet, but I love her so much. I know she's in heaven."
She told NBC 10 her daughter will be laid to rest Thursday afternoon.