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'We're here to release her spirit to God' | Vigil held for teenager found shot, killed at Yellow River Park

Tori Lang was shot and killed three days ago in Yellow River Park.

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — Tori Lang's friends and family gathered Saturday for a candlelight vigil and balloon release to honor the 18-year-old, who was shot and killed three days ago in Yellow River Park.

"We're here to release her spirit to God at the spot where he life was taken," Tori's grandfather Thomas Lang said. "We're here to honor her spirit and her legacy."

Thomas said his heart is broken. 

"I'm angry, hurt and mad," he continued. "I'm praying to God that we'll have this perpetrator captured so our family will have peace."

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Police found Lang shot to death under a tree at Yellow River Park Wednesday, after receiving a call about a medical situation. They released her identity Thursday, after Lang's distinct tattoos help identify her.

The Lithonia teen's family saw a statement from police with photos of her tattoos on social media and notified authorities, according to police.

Alyssa Babbage, a friend of said Lang was an only child who graduated high school with her just last year. She adds that Lang was thinking of enrolling in an online college and that the ambitious teenager at one point had three jobs. 

"She was very caring to anybody," she added. "She was willing to give. If she had it and you needed it, no matter if she knew you or not, she was going to give it to you if she had it. I just know how much her parents and family in general meant to her."

Police said the motive is still unknown and there are currently no immediate suspects. Witnesses are encouraged to contact GCPD detectives at 770 513-5300. 

Credit: Alyssa Babbage
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