RACINE — Last week, when Lucinda White was shot and killed in Downtown Racine, family and friends lost the woman they remembered as caring, beautiful and — above all else — fun-loving.
Tuesday night, many of them gathered outside, in a bitter cold, to trace the path from the 44-year-old’s Villa Street home to the 600 block of Sixth Street where gunshots laid her body last Wednesday.
“I know she loved a lot of people and a lot of people loved her,” son Timothy James, 27, said inside his mother’s home after the vigil.
James fondly remembered her as “loving, kind and just a ball of fun,” but said she was also a woman “in a lot of pain.”
During the vigil, community members sprinkled delicate rose petals along the street and sidewalk leading up to the spot on Sixth Street where White’s body was found.
White’s former boyfriend, Ryan G. King, was stopped one day after the shooting in Millersville, Tenn., and arrested on a warrant “for a murder that had just occurred,” in Racine.
As of Tuesday night King remained in Sumner County Jail.
“This is a tragedy and I’m very upset because it should never have happened,” family friend Robert McFarland, 54, of Racine, said. “It should have never happened,” he repeated.
Shaqueta Streeter, 34, lived near White for more than 20 years and said that if anyone was ever in a bad mood or going through a tough time, it was White who was there to cheer them up.
Last year, Streeter lost two family members but remembered White’s humor helping her through it.
As part of The Truth Foundation, Streeter regularly touches tragedy and helps to put on vigils but said she never expected she would be organizing one for White.
Walking through the biting cold, uttering the words to the Lord’s Prayer, a large group of family and friends met another crowd already assembled for Tuesday night’s vigil.
Afterward, family members and close friends like McFarland gathered in White’s home to remember a friend and mourn her loss.
Looking at the large group assembled in the living room and kitchen, McFarland was reminded of similar gathering with their families — always held under better circumstances.
“Trust me,” McFarland said. “It hurts. It hurts right here, where it counts — in the heart.”