Family and friends honor Stephens with candlelight vigil

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Friends and family came together Wednesday night to honor a life tragically taken by violence.

Several people came out to the site where Jeremiah Stephens - known to many as Miles or Miss Diamond - was found shot to death last Monday.

The family lit candles and released balloons in Stephens' honor at 26th Avenue and 22nd Street. That's where police found Stephens dead from a gunshot wound to the back of his head. His van was crashed into a home at the intersection.

Family members tell Newscenter 11 he had an incredible personality, and they can't believe someone would do this. Now, they want the whole community to stand together against violence.

"I think the community needs to get together and stand because we're all united as one, so without us being together, it'll always continue," cousin Kimberly Stevens says. "I really hope they get whoever had done this to him. Because we are not going to stop until justice is seeked."

Police have not released any suspects in the case. They're asking anyone with information to come forward. You can call 855-485-TIPS.