Friends and family remember slain DeBerry teen at prayer vigil
MARSHALL, TX (KSLA) -
Friday evening, the family of a slain DeBerry teen got a helping hand from the Marshall, TX community.
In the afternoon, the group "Marshall Against Violence," camped out in the Marshall City Park for five hours collecting donations to help the family of Alicia Benefield pay for funeral expenses.The group was able to collect a few hundred dollars.
Investigators found the body of the 19 years old after she had been missing for four days. Harrison County investigators said her boyfriend, 25-year-old Rodris Webster led them to Benefield's body near the intersection of FM Road 31 and Elysian Fiends Road in Marshall.
Some who donated said Marshall is a small community and residents like to treat everyone like family, even if they don't know each other. Demetira McFarlan with the local organization said bringing the community together will raise awareness of violence in MArshall and hopefully, the community will shut it out.
"When you see something like this happen, and with her being so young, it just touched my heart," she said. "My thing is, there are so many other Alicias out there right now that's going through the same thing that she was. I don't want to see that happen to another young lady, don't want to see another family have to go through something like this again."
Marshall Against Violence is taking steps to protect young women from situations like this. They expected to collect more donations at a prayer vigil at the historic courthouse in Marshall. Donations can also be made at Capital One Bank in Marshall under the "Alicia Benefield Memorial Fund."