PHENIX CITY, Ala.- Close to 100 family members and friends gathered to celebrate the life of Mariah Farrow the corner of 16th street and 10th court in Phenix City, the same place where police say Farrow’s ex-boyfriend Demetrius Dorsey shot her Sunday.
“What went through my mind is that it can’t be real,” Mariah’s father Zachary said.” “It can’t be real.”
“We had just had a family service of church that morning, her and her brothers with her father and unbeknownst that evening it was like a dream, man. It was like something out of a horror flick,” Mariah’s cousin Johnnie Evans said.
With candles and balloons in hand, family and friends gathered at the corner to share their memories of Mariah. Her father, Zachary, says the day she was born changed his life. Those in attendance say Mariah was the kind of person who would give you the shirt off of her back and had a smile that could light up a room. Family and friends say she just turned 19 and just started school and her death leaves people asking the question ,”why was she taken so early?” “It’s hard to bury your child when she’s supposed to be burying you,” Zachary Farrow said.
Those who knew her say her presence will be truly missed “What I miss most about her is just seeing her and she would come in there and say ‘hey Johnnie C, what’s up?’ That’s what I’m gonna miss most: that smile,” her cousin Johnnie Evans said.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, those in attendance raised their candles and let their balloons go into the sky for Mariah.
A resonating message from the evening was that losing kids to violence in the country needs to come to an end. Her father Zachary says, “I just want to stop the violence. Stop the violence. It’s not worth it and it’s starting in the younger and younger generations from what I was raised from.”
A viewing will take place Thursday at Progressive Funeral Home in Columbus and a funeral is scheduled for Saturday at 11 a.m. at New Birth Outreach Church off Veterans Parkway.