A candlelight vigil for Cayce Vice, who was found dead in the Augusta apartment she shared with her boyfriend, focused on helping women in violent relationships.
About 45 people prayed together Thursday evening outside Vice’s apartment at The Greens on Washington. Friends held framed photos of Vice as a smiling, blonde teenager. Others placed a gentle hand on the shoulder of her father, Howard Vice.
The Rev. Don Prosser, the pastor of Providence Baptist Church, urged those gathered to be proactive in helping victims of domestic violence.
Vice was found shot in her bed Saturday. The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office has obtained warrants for murder and weapons charges against Vice’s boyfriend, Joshua Tremaine Jones, 26. He is also charged with murder in the slaying of Aiken Public Safety Master Cpl. Sandra Rogers.
Police say Vice suffered a beating from Jones just weeks before she was killed.
“Cayce’s young life of just 21 years will not have been lived in vain, but her life will help save the life of other young women,” Prosser said. “We don’t need to just sit at home in our easy chairs and think a neighbor is going to handle it or the person across the street.”
Prosser cited statistics of domestic violence and called it an “epidemic that’s sweeping our country.” Domestic violence, he said, is not limited to one race, sex or income group.
He advised those gathered to never fear calling authorities if they suspect a violent situation.
“We cannot turn a deaf ear or a blind eye,” he said.
Melissa Barfield, 22, pledged to help victims of domestic violence. Barfield left a verbally and emotionally abusive relationship when she was 18.
“Get out of it as soon as possible,” she said. “Go somewhere and don’t ever come back.”
Howard Vice spoke only a few words, but offered his appreciation to those who were gathered.
“Cayce was beautiful inside and out,” he said. “She just met the wrong person.”