Dozens of people gathered at Brandon Park in Leesburg on Monday evening to remember Christina Fisher, who was fatally shot Saturday night.
“I wasn’t really expecting this much,” said Shaneka Owens, who helped organize the event late the previous evening. “This just shows a portion of how much she was loved.”
As the sun broke through the late afternoon clouds and drizzle, congregants held hands, shared prayers, told stories—and struggled with guilt.
“You can’t believe the ‘sorrys’, over and over,” Owens said. “We can’t keep reacting to situations like this. We have to start doing something.”
Some people told personal stories of times they wish they’d called for help when they saw something. Others encouraged each other not to be afraid to reach out for help, and not to be afraid to seek help for others.
“Don’t carry no shame, don’t carry no embarrassment,” Owens said. “This is not something you did to yourself.”
And some people urged the community not to hold on to hatred for Darrick Lee Lewis, the former boyfriend charged with Fisher’s murder, and who is now being held without bond at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center.
“The moment he pulled that trigger, two lives were lost,” Owens said, referencing the loss of both mother and father, and the loss to Lewis’s own family.
“Tonight is a great night to let some things go,” said Bishop Shawn Stephens.
Owens has started a GoFundMe page to help pay for Fisher’s funeral expenses and help her three children. She said at last check, the funeral expenses have been covered, and money is going to help the children. Monday evening, the page had raised almost $8,000 in one day.