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Vigil Held For Mother, Son Killed In Shooting

Posted at 10:48 PM, Jul 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-30 16:44:14-04

Almost one week after a mother and son were gunned down in their Edgehill home, members of the community returned to the apartment complex for a candlelight vigil.

Dozens left flowers and wrote messages of encouragement for the family of 37-year-old Isha Musa and her son, 20-year-old Osmani Munongerwa.

Police said the two victims were murdered early Sunday morning in their apartment at the Park at Hillside apartment complex.

Read More: Mother, Son Killed In Edgehill Apartment Shooting

The Park at Hillside Tenant Association members put the vigil together on Saturday.

People continued the night by walking in silence and holding candles. They concluded with prayer.

"Whether we prayed about it or knew about it through friends, we're feeling it because it hits close to home. So we're out here to let people know especially when you're out here at night together, we are okay together," organizer Fatimah Hakm said.

Monroe Harding, and organization that helps children in foster care, posted the following on social media about the loss of Osmani Munongerwa:

"We lost a part of our family this week. Osmani Munongerwa and his mother, Isha Musa, were killed on Sunday. If you heard about it on the news, you probably saw a photo or video of Osmani waving a stack of cash. That may be all you know about him, so we want to share our memories of Osmani, because we saw much more than that picture of him.

He came to us with scars from his past, both physical and emotional. He was kind of quiet at first, but always willing to jump in and learn new things. He had never used a power tool or even a hammer in his life, so he asked us to teach him. Osmani helped build the bus shelter here on campus.

Through all the obstacles and setbacks he faced, he had a genuine desire to create a better life for himself and his mother. Osmani was a HARD WORKER. If he said he would do something, he kept his word. He worked with every staff member at our Youth Connections resource center - he was on the computer looking for jobs and doing the follow up work it took to get hired. He passed his HiSET, and then studied hard again to pass his citizenship test, and became a U.S. citizen in February. We helped him apply for college. He was a scholarship recipient, completed our college readiness course and was registered and due to go to orientation at Nashville State on August 1st. On Thursday last week, the last time we saw him, he was excited about his future.

Osmani had a vision for his life. He was optimistic and focused. He took full advantage of the services that we offered him. He didn't just sit in class, he participated in the financial literacy classes. He wanted to own his own business and was willing to do the work to get there. Osmani wasn't a perfect kid, but he had come so far. He believed in himself and we did too. He was a JOYFUL young man and always had a smile on his face. That's the Osmani we knew and will remember."