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Community comes together for homicide victim

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MAGEE, MS (WDAM) -

Family, friends, and former classmates of Mercedes Dudley gathered at Magee High School Sunday night for a candlelight vigil to remember the slain 18-year-old. 

According to Sheriff Randy Johnson with the Jasper County Sheriff's Office, Dudley and two other teens were riding in a vehicle when shots were fired into the vehicle killing Dudley. The other female victim, 18-year-old Rosalind Taylor, was also hit but suffered non-life threatening injuries. The third victim was not injured.

Family members of Taylor says she was grazed by a bullet in the face and shot in the back where the bullet still remains.

Friends and family says the two girls were like "two peas in a pod....always together".

Taylor, too torn to speak, repeated that she "misses her best friend bad" and that Dudley "didn't deserve it".

Those that attended the event say they are tired of the violence and that enough is enough. 

Four suspects have been arrested in connection to the death of Mercedes Dudley and is scheduled to make their initial court appearance Monday.

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