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Friends and family of a triple homicide victim came together Thursday for a candlelight vigil. Many told us they still can't come to grips with the shocking news.

"She had two jobs, just the wrong company. My sister wasn't in no gang—wrong company,” said her sister Ashley Curtis.

Police have confirmed Shayla Curtis had no relation to any gang. Friends, family, classmates and pastors shared memories and prayers at Savannah’s Grant Community Center.

Curtis was one of three people murdered by an alleged gang member on East 31st Street on Monday.

Their advice for anyone else is simple: watch your company. That's it. They say the people their sister hung around got her killed.

A lot of prayer and a lot of singing caused a lot of tears for Curtis' friends and family. The 18-year-old mother of two was gunned down in what her family called a senseless killing.

"It hurts when I got a 3-year-old and a 10-month-old and I have an 18-year-old sister that she won't even see her last son turn one,” said Ashley. “That makes no sense because somebody wanted to be senseless. How you kill three people at one time?"

Curtis recently moved to the east side and got her own house. This group at the vigil represents just a small number of people she's touched.

"She was always a positive person. She left behind two beautiful kids who love and cherish her. She just always stayed positive and every time Shayla comes around, everyone feels that vibe that you know everyone loves her,” said friend Teana Bonds.

"On Facebook, every time I turned or scrolled, somebody is talking about Shayla. Shayla knew way more people than we thought she would know,” said her other sister, Renee Hills.

Pastors and community leaders took turns praying and offering advice for the younger people in the crowd. It was Chatham County Commissioner James Holmes, though, who took the most direct approach to Savannah's gun violence.

"We have to put a stop to this, and it starts with the young people. You have to step up and be a worthy citizen,” said Commissioner Holmes.

Curtis' family hopes anyone watching this takes one thing from this tragedy: watch the people you hang out with.

"Even if you a good person and you're doing what you're supposed to be doing, that doesn't mean the next person is doing what they're supposed to be doing,” said Curtis. “That's how my sister lost her life—to her company."

It’s mind-numbing reality that's left a big hole in Shayla Curtis' family. There is now a big financial burden now falls on her family to bury her and support her kids. The family has started a GoFundMe that you can find here.

The man charged with killing Shayla and two others remains at the Jasper County Detention Center.

On Monday, Keith Marrow Jr.’s bond was set at $70,000. He was taken into custody on separate charges in South Carolina. Late Monday night, Metro police announced he was charged with three counts of murder.

Marrow Jr. still needs to be extradited to Chatham County. We do not know when that will happen.

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