Family, friends host vigil for mother, 10-year-old daughter tragically killed

Friends and family gathered Wednesday night at Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church to remember a mother and her 10-year-old daughter after they were tragically killed.

Police say Linda Manigault and her daughter, Heaven Ross, died Saturday in a possible double homicide and suicide attempt. They say the suspected killer, 32-year-old Ezort Stevens, was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Police say Ezort, who was the mother's boyfriend, has been preliminarily charged with criminal possession of a firearm and is recovering in the hospital.
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Attendees say they've been left heartbroken with unanswered questions. They say Manigault leaves behind three other children who were not injured.

Those who knew Manigault and Ross say they were very involved with the church. Ross was a member of the ministry's dance group, while Manigault was a leader of the church's teen ministry.

Friends say she loved three things - her children, her church and God.

On the day they were killed, News 12 is told the two were supposed to attend choir practice but did not show up.