ROANOKE, Va.- – Family and friends gathered to light candles and release balloons to remember Atlante Dent. They say his death is another senseless murder.
In the darkness of the night, these candles represent the bright light Atlante' Dent brought to his grandmother and sister.
"Well, he was jolly and he would come and check on me," said Mamie Jones, his grandmother.
"When I didn't feel like smiling or in a bad mood he know how to make me laugh," said Ebony Dent, his sister.
Ebony Dent recently spent time with her brother who she calls her backbone.
"We talked and listened to music, watch the movies and then after that he left and said 'I'll see you later," said Dent.
Atlante' Dent died two days later from a gunshot wound. His body was found in front of a home on Delaware Avenue.
And it took two days for police to figure out who he was. His sister says he didn't have identification with him that day.
Now family and friends are coming together to remember Atlante'. They say now he won't reach his full potential.
He was on the road to graduate from Noel C. Taylor Academy next year.
The family is still in the process of making funeral plans. During the vigil they took up donations to pay for expenses.