Gone, but not forgotten. That's how the family of 22-year-old Zach Robinson wanted to remember him on Sunday, with a candlelight vigil and words of support from friends and family.
Robinson died after being shot at his home on Cottonwood Lane Tuesday night, those last moments still difficult for many to digest.
"I was actually at revival when I got the phone call, and I was leaving church and it hit me so hard that I couldn't even drive home. I had to just stop and get myself together," friend Cory Smith said. "It's just terrible."
The two formed a bond over the years, even though they drifted apart somewhat after high school, like friends sometimes do.
"We were really close friends. Like, Zach had become like a little brother to me. Just really -- he was always a good guy," Smith said.
Throughout the evening's vigil, friends and family told stories of Robinson's good hearted nature, his strong work ethic and his devotion to family.
Those are things they say they don't want people to forget about the 22-year-old, despite what happened just a few feet away from where they were standing.
"[He was a] hard-working, respectful, very mannerable young man. Would not disrespect anybody," family friend Jimmy Carson said. "That's just how he was raised."
Robinson's death and the circumstances surrounding that, remain under investigation.
But the tone of Sunday night's vigil wasn't accusatory or bitter where that's concerned.
"That's not to say that the family in this situation and the friends don't want justice, because we do," Carson said. "But we trust that God will -- God will provide."
Friday, August 29 2014 11:05 PM EDT2014-08-30 03:05:03 GMT
The horrifying details of the capital murder of 5-year-old Janaya Thompson were presented to a judge Friday. A Gulfport detective talked about the evidence investigators have against Alberto Garcia.More >>
The horrifying details of the capital murder of 5-year-old Janaya Thompson were presented to a judge Friday. A Gulfport detective talked about the evidence investigators have against Alberto Garcia. During Friday's hearing, prosecutors revealed that DNA evidence found on Janaya's body has come back from the crime lab with a positive match for Garcia's DNA.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 3:40 PM EDT2014-08-29 19:40:25 GMT
Officials continue to search for the man who beat and robbed a woman during a home invasion in Yazoo City on Monday night. According to her family, 85-year-old Jeanelle Fratesi answered her front doorMore >>
According to her family, 85-year-old Jeanelle Fratesi answered her front door for a person she thought needed help.
Friday, August 29 2014 6:45 PM EDT2014-08-29 22:45:32 GMT
It was a short and simple ceremony on the Biloxi Town Green Friday morning to mark the ninth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. High school students solemnly read the names of those killed by the storm.More >>
A small crowd gathered on the town green in Biloxi on Friday morning for the annual Hurricane Katrina observance. Nine years after the storm, Mayor A.J. Holloway acknowledged the tremendous losses, but also talked about the significant progress that's been made in the years since.More >>