Family and friends remember Ravenel murder victims with vigil

VIDEO: Family and friends remember Ravenel murder victims with vigil

RAVENEL, SC (WCSC) - A community is full of heavy hearts after Friday night's vigil for the victims who were shot and killed at the Ravenel Mobile Home Park earlier this week.

Family members and friends gathered to remember the two women, the 8-year-old and unborn twins that were killed on Tuesday.

The community came together to find strength in one another as they held on to the memories they have of the Mungin family.

They all came back to the place where three generations in that family were killed.

A close family friend, Collette Middleton says she grew up with them.

"Alexis, she always had the beautiful smile you could be upset  and sad and you see them and it's like sunshine," Middleton said.

On Tuesday afternoon, Betty Mungin 55, Alexis Mungin 29 and Armani Mungin 8, were shot and killed. Alexis' unborn twins did not survive.

"Ms. Betty she was like another mom slash aunt, she was just someone that you could easily talk to," Middleton said. "They always would put a smile on anybody's face."

Christan Rainey came out to show his support.

"No one really understands what it's like to lose five family members," Rainey said.

Rainey knows what it feels like.

"It means a lot to me because in 2006 I lost my mom and my four siblings to domestic violence," Rainey said. "They were murdered by my mom's husband and domestic violence obviously has a big part of my heart."

Authorities say the Ravenel shooting was also the result of domestic violence. Kenneth Ancrum is charged with the murders, he allegedly shot another woman in the leg. She was not there, but her close friends say she's recovering well.

Megan Moore is a close friend of the adult survivor.

"She wasn't down, that's the best part, most people would have gotten depressed or in a mode," Moore said.  "That's just the strong person that she was."

The adult survivor's four-month old son survived too.

"She's got a baby boy who's waiting on her and needs her to be the strong parent that he has," family friend, Krystal Macon said.

"Just continue to pray for the family, they need it, more than anything just being there," Moore said.

South Carolina  ranks number one in the country for women killed by men, according to the Violence Policy Center.

People at the vigil talked about the need to educate children on the dangers of domestic violence.

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