Family has vigil to remember man killed in Upper Arlington stabbing


Dawn Peck didn't want to be there, Tuesday. Now now. Not ever.

"Right," she said. "It really is very upsetting."

But, she had to be there; at a candlelight vigil for her nephew. She was joined by more than a dozen family members and friends.

"Chuck was a sweet, sweet person," she said.

Charles Edward Hale-McCoy died Monday. His family called him "Chuck." The police report that was filed said he'd been stabbed.

Tuesday night, the man wanted in connection to McCoy's death, Jeffery Lamar Smith, turned himself in to police.

Before he did, Peck says that's what the family wanted.

"If you got a heart you need to give yourself up," she said. "You need to come and face your punishment. You're hurting a family."

Police say McCoy and another employee at China Dynasty in Upper Arlington had an argument earlier in the day. That employee admitted to calling Smith and telling him about that argument. But, according to police records, she never told him to come to the restaurant.

McCoy's family says based on phone conversations they had with Chuck before the murder, the argument was over cigarettes.

McCoy was taken to Riverside Hospital where he died.

Peck says Chuck was enrolled as a client at Concord Counseling Services, an organization that provides mental health and substance abuse counseling. She says he had anxiety since his mother was murdered three years ago.

Now, Chuck's family says they need to be strong.

"What we stand for today is to be a better person in everything we do," she said.

They want to remember and honor their loved one while they seek justice.

"We want justice to be served and be served right," Peck said.

Smith is facing a charge of aggravated murder.