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Jan 10, 2013 9:55 PM

Remembering Lexington Murder Victim On Her 21st Birthday

Tommisha Taylor was supposed to turn 21 on January 10. But instead of celebrating, family and friends are mourning her death. Two years ago, Tommisha was shot and killed on Memorial Day. For her birthday, her parents organized a vigil by Tommisha's grave at the Lexington Cemetery.

No parent plans to celebrate their kid's 21st birthday in a cemetary. But Karen Taylor says despite the pain, today is a happy day.

"I got everybody here and it feels so good. And I know she's alright, she's alright," Karen says, talking about her daughter, Tommisha.

Friends and family hold dozens of birthday balloons around Tommisha's grave.

Memorial Day 2011, she was shot and killed when she answered the door at her mother's house. Police say 17 year-old Kendrick Williams pulled the trigger

"Trying to keep my faith up, our strength, just... go from there," says Tommy Taylor, Tommisha's dad.

On the balloons they right messages: "I miss you" and, "I love you," and release them into the sky.

"They all went straight to her," Tommy says. "All of them went the same way. Heaven's door opened for her, it's just beautiful."

"She's okay, she's up there in heaven with God, she's okay. And I'm going to be okay too," says Karen.

Karen says a date hasn't been set for Williams' trial. He will be tried as an adult.

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