Candlelight vigil honors slain TWU student

Loved ones remembered slain TWU student Jackie Vandagriff at a vigil Wednesday night in Frisco. Todd Unger reports.

FRISCO - In the community where her family makes their home, the life of 24-year-old Jackie Vandagriff was honored during a candlelight vigil Wednesday night.

Roughly 150 friends and family members packed into a covered area at Frisco Commons Park. The media was asked to stay far away from the actual event to respect the family's privacy.

But friends who did speak afterwards told of a young woman that was a vibrant, free-wheeling spirit that always made them laugh.

"Her personality. She was so small and had such a big personality," said Jacob Frost, a close friend.

Other folks like Grace Bryant say they simply attended to show solidarity with a family that must be experiencing tremendous heartache and pain.

"What a wonderful person she was. She had her whole life ahead of her." said Bryant. "Evil exists and walks among us."

The 'evil' she said she was referring to is the alleged killer, 30-year-old Charles Bryant Jr.

Earlier on Wednesday, News 8 obtained surveillance video of what police believe are the final few hours of Vandagriff's life in a Denton bar drinking with Bryant

An arrest warrant states he likely took Vandagriff to his house in north Fort Worth from the bar last week. Her dismembered and burned body was found only hours later in a kiddie pool near Lake Grapevine, a pool investigators think had been in Bryant's backyard.

New details also emerged indicating that the 30-year-old suspect contacted his ex-girlfriend only a few days after the killing, the same girl he was previously arrested for stalking.

Vandagriff's parents spoke briefly at the vigil, mostly to thank the community and law enforcement for their support and dedication.

A GoFund me page has been set up in her memory.

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