Brittney Mills' family holds a vigil, searches for answers

Brittney Mills (Source: Facebook)
Brittney Mills (Source: Facebook)
Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Three months after her death, the memory of Brittney Mills is very much alive.

On Friday, well over 150 family and friends gathered for a prayer a vigil in Mills' honor. It would have been her 30th birthday.

"When she entered a room, just her smile it just made you stop," remembered Henry C. Taylor, a family friend who did the opening prayer at the vigil.

On April 24, 2015, Mills was shot outside of her apartment. She was eight months pregnant. Mills died shortly after the incident, and her unborn son died in the hospital a week later.

The case is still unsolved. Baton Rouge Police say they have no new leads or suspects.

"She continues to live through all of us," said Mills' sister Tia.

The service took place near Mills' grave at the Heavens Gates Memorial Park near the Baton Rouge Airport. At the beginning of the vigil, everyone joined in singing Amazing Grace. Local religious leaders and friends spoke and led prayers.

"She treasured her friends. She treasured the people she loved. She just enjoyed living life to the absolute fullest," Tia said.

Tia described her sister as fun-loving and said that when they were younger, Brittney would sometimes borrow her clothes unannounced.

"I would give anything to have her take a pair of my shoes or a bag," she said.

Tia said the opportunity to come together, again, as family and friends brings great comfort.

"It means that I'm not by myself. That my family is not alone in this feeling of grief," she said.

At the end of the service, everyone was given a purple or white balloon, which they then released together into the sky.

The investigation into her death continues. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 225-344-7867.

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