Vigil planned in honor of shooting victim

Published 9:18 pm Tuesday, October 24, 2017

A candlelight vigil will be held Wednesday night in honor of a 20-year-old Selma woman that was shot and killed at a nightclub early Sunday morning.

Shykereya Leggett, an innocent bystander and a mother, was killed after someone opened fire at the entrance of Prime Ultra Lounge on South Maxey Street as people were exiting the building with a high-powered rifle.

Miss Concordia College Alabama, Kiana Gay, has organized a vigil to pay respects to Leggett tonight from 6-7:30 p.m. at Songs of Selma Park at the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

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“She did not meet a stranger. She was very outgoing,” Gay said. “She always had a smiling face, and she was just a great person to be around altogether. She was funny, she made you laugh. She was there for you if you needed a hug. She was just an all-around great person.”

Gay said Leggett was a student athlete at the college and played volleyball. She said her tragic death has touched many people on campus that knew her.

“The SGA as well as the student body, we’re all working together because she was a member of our community being a student at Concordia College,” she said. “We wanted to pay our respects because she was one of our student athletes at school, and she also had many friends at Concordia and in the community.”

In a letter to the Selma and Dallas County Community, Gay said she was concerned about gun violence.

“Gun violence in this community has touched many of our students here at CCA,” she wrote. “Because of this we will be holding a candlelight vigil in remembrance of Shykereya ‘Bluu’ Leggett.”

Gay said she hopes the community shows its support for Leggett’s family and friends.

“It’s just a short time to reflect on Shykereya,” she said. “It’s just a time to pay respects and say a few uplifting, encouraging words.”

No arrests have been made in the case yet, but Selma Police Chief Spencer Collier said the case is the department’s top priority right now.