STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- A community is working to recover after the tragic murder of a 26-year-old Staunton man.
The community is coming together Monday night to remember Julian Parrott with a candlelight vigil at Gypsy Hill Park at 7:30 p.m.
Those who knew him are now sharing their memories of him on the streets of Staunton and on the "Julian Parrott Celebration of Life Page" Facebook page.
Rebecca Schneider knew Parrott because he'd help her out at her shop, Turtle Lane Boutique. She said he found beauty in everything and that's just one of the lessons that those who knew him say they're trying to keep alive.
"I remember one time, he started singing, 'Oh happy day,' and that's just what he'd do, and he'd clap, and he got all the customers in the shop just singing along, because that's what he loved to do, he loved to sing, he loved to dance," said Schneider.
"I've tried to stay away from being bitter and angry. And the only way I've been able to explain that to people is, being bitter and angry only makes me feel farther from Julian. It doesn't make me feel any closer. I miss him. And I don't want to feel farther," said Tate Love, a Staunton attorney.
People can meet at the flags behind the skate park at Gypsy Hill Park at 7:30 for the vigil. People are being asked to bring their own candles to ensure everyone has one.