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Candlelight vigil honors life of Lisa Veney, 42

11:11 PM, Jan 4, 2014   |    comments
  • Lisa Veney (right) with her 18-year-old daughter.
  • Family and friends of Lisa Veney, 42, gather outside the Applebee's on Lane Avenue for a candlelight vigil.
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Sunday will mark one week since a woman was shot and killed at a Westside Applebee's. 

Family and friends of Lisa Veney arrived at a candlelight vigil held in her honor, wearing green -- Veney's favorite color. 

"I want her to be remembered as the good person she was. I mean, everybody is going to have their own different memories, but overall, everybody needs to know how loving she was," said Veney's son, Sheridan Veney Jr. 

Sheridan and his sister Sierra Veney, 18, have been leaning on each other since losing their mother after their father allegedly shot and killed her following a reported argument at the Applebee's on Lane Avenue last Sunday.

"What if I was in this by myself? It's going to be twice as hard than it already is, so everybody behind me really make it easy to be strong for my little sister," Sheridan Veney Jr. said. 

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Sheridan Veney, 44, is charged with murder and had his first court appearance on Dec. 30. His son says he visited his father on Friday.

"I told him I forgive him because God gave me strength to tell him I forgive him and I wouldn't have said it if I didn't mean it," said Veney. 

The siblings want to keep their mother's memory alive and are asking for prayers to help them get through this tragedy.

Applebee's management said they approved the vigil outside of the restaurant after they were approached by the family.

A tree is being planted outside of the restaurant in memory of Lisa Veney. 

Sheridan Veney is due in court again Jan. 21. 

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