Family, friends honor murdered mother, daughter

Published On: Aug 06 2014 09:50:13 AM EDT   Updated On: Jul 03 2014 11:27:55 PM EDT

VIDEO: A candle light vigil was held tonight for a murdered mother and daughter that were found dead in their west side home.


Family and friends gathered Thursday night to remember the lives of two Jacksonville women, a mother and daughter, who were both found dead inside a Westside home Sunday morning.

So far, police have not made any arrests or named any suspects in their murders.

On Thursday, a candlelight vigil was held outside the home on Shady Pines Street South where 41-year-old Judith Henry and 17-year-old Denise Rickman were killed.

“The people who did this, they're savages,” said one woman at the vigil. “Whoever did this... they didn't just kill two people. They killed an entire community. They have no idea what they have done, and I hope when they find them, they'll be punished to the extent that there's no return.”

Family and friends lit candles, prayed and sang to honor the two women and pay their respects. They called the women “irreplaceable gems” and said they did not deserve to die that way.

Rickman was a Mandarin High track star with a track scholarship for college. Family and friends said she was a bright, spirited light. Henry was a joy to be around and a caring person, her friends said.

The family has set up a gofundme account to help pay for the funerals.

After the vigil, loved ones stood around trying to make sense of the crime. They're still trying to figure out who did it, and they're pleading for the community to come forward with any information.

Anyone with information about the murders is urged to call CrimeStoppers at 866-845-TIPS.


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