Vigil held for murdered west Birmingham man

Vigil held for murdered west Birmingham man

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Jeremy Edwards. Source: Family photo Jeremy Edwards. Source: Family photo
Easterling's body was found behind a gas station on Lorna Road around noon on Sunday. Source: WBRC video Easterling's body was found behind a gas station on Lorna Road around noon on Sunday. Source: WBRC video
Crime tape marks the scene of a shooting on Cotton Avenue in Birmingham's west side. Source: WBRC video Crime tape marks the scene of a shooting on Cotton Avenue in Birmingham's west side. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

A vigil was held Thursday night to remember a man shot to death last weekend by a man who killed himself the next day.

Police say Jeremy Edwards 26, was murdered outside his girlfriend's home on Cotton Avenue Saturday afternoon around 4:50 p.m. Edwards was shot twice in the head and later died at UAB hospital.

During the investigation, witnesses identified the suspect as 29-year-old Rayah Easterling of Homewood.

In an unexpected turn of events, police learned that Easterling was found in Hoover behind a Kangaroo gas station, suffering from a fatal, self-inflicted gunshot wound. His body was found around noon on Sunday, less than 24 hours after police say he shot Edwards.

Homicide investigators handed the case to the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office, which has said the case will be cleared due to Easterling's death.

Reporter Sherea Harris spoke with his family before Thursday night's vigil and Cynthia Edwards, Jeremy's mother, said it will be hard for her to have justice.

Cynthia Edwards also said that Easterling was like a member of her family and it's hard to imagine an argument between the two men ending like this.

"It should have been another way, another solution," Cynthia Edwards said. "It's hard for me right now to take this in...it's cruel to be that heartless towards somebody."

Edwards leaves behind three children. Loved ones gathered at his grandmother's house in Bessemer at 8 p.m. last night to remember his life.

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