WARREN - About 50 people turned out to remember a 17-year-old girl who was shot to death July 14.
Family and friends of Zeboney Bess marched from Kenwood Drive S.W. to the 2000 block of Hamilton Street S.W., where she was shot in the head and later died about 10:30 p.m., and lit candles to remember her.
Her sister, Zandra Bess, who helped organize the vigil, said the last week has not been easy.
''It's been rough,'' she said. ''It's been rough for my mom and my dad, for everybody. We're trying to do our best to hold it all together.''
Zeboney Bess was walking on Hamilton Street S.W. when she was shot. Family members said Bess had received threatening text messages recently from someone with whom she had been in a relationship. Police said she was on the phone when she was shot, and a woman that called 911 to report the shooting said she heard Bess arguing before hearing gunshots.
Zandra Bess said the family has been in regular contact with police and they hope an arrest is made soon.
''Somebody needs to get caught for this,'' Zandra Bess said. ''My sister didn't deserve this.''
The loss is especially rough because the two sisters were very close, Zandra Bess said.
''She called me 'mom,'" Zandra Bess said.
A fund is being set up at 717 Credit Union for the Zeboney Bess Funeral Fund to help the family defray funeral expenses.
Her death is the city's third homicide of 2012.