Candlelight Vigil Held For Tennessee Woman Killed In The Bahamas

Posted at 10:07 PM, Jul 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-08 23:40:18-04

A community gathered together Sunday evening to remember a Tennessee State University graduate killed in a boating accident in The Bahamas in June.

Maleka Jackson, age 39, was celebrating her 15th wedding anniversary with her husband, Tiran Jackson.

A passenger said the group of 12, including two crew members, was just a few minutes into a half-day wildlife excursion ahead of the blast.

Tiran remained in a Florida hospital recovering from his injuries.

On Sunday, Jackson's Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority sisters held a candlelight vigil to remember her life.

"She was so ambitious, always took initiative to do more, highly educated. We were both HR professionals, and she was looking at pursuing a PhD in business," Carla Patton said.

Jackson's brother, Shan Brown, said his younger sister was very encouraging towards others.

"She lived hard, she played hard, she loved hard, and she wanted others around her to do the same," Brown said.

Brown said the community's support helps.

"The well-wishes, the prayers, the condolences that has gotten our family to this point," he said.

Jackson leaves behind three siblings and her 12-year-old son.

A gofundme account was established to help with Tiran's rehabilitation expenses and her son's education.



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