Friends and family remember shooting victim at vigil

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Friends and family gathered in northwest Roanoke to remember the man shot and killed at Monsters Bar and Grill early Sunday morning.

Dozens came together at Wilmont Park Wednesday night to pay tribute to 26-year-old Jermaine Black, whom family members described as a loving man with a sense of humor.

“Crazy at times, funny at times,” said Angela Hopson, Jermaine’s mother. “He’s my baby.”

Hopson said she has too many favorite memories to count.

“You could really tell them all because it really is too many,” she said. “He’s a momma’s boy. That’s what he was.”

“If you [were] feeling down at the time, he would be that person that would lift you up,” said Dawn Price, the mother of Black’s nephew.

Price said she was inside Monsters Bar and Grill when the shots rang out.

“It was scary,” she said. “And I had to endure that. I had to tell my son that he lost another uncle.”

Family members we spoke with said they want justice and an end to the violence.

“We just need to love each other like we’re doing now,” Price said. “We don’t have to do this behind somebody getting killed. We need to have balloons up. We need to have cookouts. We need to show love to each other.”

“Remember him with love – with love and laughter,” Hopson said of her son. “He had a beautiful smile.”

According to the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, Monsters Bar and Grill’s liquor license has been suspended as the investigation continues.

Jermaine Brown, 24, remains locked up on charges of murder and malicious wounding, according to officials.

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