A candlelight vigil will be conducted in the honor of Bernice Nicole Warren-Curtis Aug. 9. Nicole, as she was commonly known, was one of nine people that were slain in a mass shooting attack last Sunday in Dayton, Ohio.
According to Jada Hunter, of Chattaroy, a close friend of the family and planner of the event, said family and friends of Nicole are asked to meet at the parking lot across from the former Williamson High School Cafeteria.
“This is also located right beside the church that her mom and family grew up attending and that is where her funeral will be held,” Hunter said. “This is such a sad, horrible and unfathomable thing to happen to such a kind, peaceful and loving young lady.”
The vigil will begin at 9 p.m. and those attending are asked to arrive at 8:45 p.m., Hunter said.
Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl said a gunman, wearing body armor and a mask, opened fire in a bar around 1 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 4. He used an assault-style .223 caliber rifle that used a 100-round drum magazine.
The shooter was shot dead by police who were patrolling the area. He was identified as 24-year-old Connor Betts, of Bellbrook, Ohio.
In addition to Warren-Curtis, eight other people died that night including Betts’ sister, according to Dayton police. Also, 27 people were injured during the shooting.
The shooting is still under investigation by police groups on all levels from local Dayton police to federal agencies.
Warren-Curtis was 36 years old. She lived in Carrollton, Virginia, and worked for Anthem Insurance, according to her obituary. She was the daughter of Nadine Warren and William Curtis.
“Nicole lived a remarkable life, helping other and traveling the world,” her obituary reads.
Her funeral was set to be conducted at the Truth Tabernacle Church in Williamson at noon Aug. 10, with visitation to begin at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in the Mountain View Memory Gardens at Maher.
Services are under the direction of the Weaver Mortuary of West Williamson.