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Community holds vigil to honor Good Samaritan murdered by panhandler

Posted at 4:09 PM, Dec 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-06 23:20:26-05

The community remembered Jacquelyn Smith Thursday with a special vigil.  She was stabbed to death Saturday after giving money to a woman who she thought was in need.

Smith was in the car with her husband and stepdaughter when police say a man stabbed her and the pair got away with her purse.

Community activists spoke out against the crime in the city. People held candles as they remembered victims of violence including Smith who they say was just being kind.

Resident Jannette Sykes-Atkins said "Here was a woman who was trying to help because she saw a need and to take her life senselessly, unconscionable." 

"Somebody around here knows something and they absolutely really need to talk," said Dolores McKoy-Kingwood.

Right now police are searching for two suspects, a man and a woman.

Smith's public memorial is Friday at 6 p.m. at Healing Hands Ministries.

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