Friends, Family Gather To Remember Slain Teen

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An east Columbus community embraces each other after a teen is stabbed to death - allegedly by a classmate.

Police say 16-year-old Jasmine Goodwin died during a fight with 17-year-old Cierra Howard.  Both girls were students at Walnut Ridge High School.

On Friday afternoon, on what was the last day of school for those students, Jasmine's friend's held a vigil, to remember her.  The students taped a poster board on a van and they all shared their memories of Jasmine.

Eugene Shepherd says it is what Jasmine Goodwin's friends needed.  "Jasmine was so young and her life just gone away so early you know I just had to put something together.   Nobody knew we were going to do this. We just started this yesterday and I'm just happy that people came out for it.”

Eugene says he was Jasmine's best friend.  And while he wanted this moment for her friends, he also wanted to do this for her family.

"I was happy the kids wanted to do that because that's celebrating Jasmine's life,” said Jasmine’s Aunt, Aquilina Nolan.

Despite investigators findings that Jasmine came over to Cierra Howard's house to fight Wednesday afternoon, Nolan says Jasmine was a good student who never got in trouble.

"I know Jasmine started to hang with the wrong person at the end and you know Jasmine is a follower and I always said don't be a follower be a leader and she was supposed to go somewhere that day and she followed to somewhere else,” said Nolan.

However, Friday afternoon wasn't about rehashing the details of what happened but rather, Nolan says, to celebrate Jasmine.  "I know Jasmine's looking down and she's probably happy knowing that people did care about her.”