ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - A Roanoke native is dead, and her best friend and roommate is behind bars. Luisa Cutting was arrested by police at her Radford apartment Thursday morning. Police say Alexa Cannon was dead inside with multiple stab wounds.
Alexa Cannon's family and friends gathered in Roanoke tonight at the church she attended growing up--Second Presbyterian Church.
There were so many people that showed up to Cannon's vigil that it turned into standing-room only.
The vigil started off with a song. Then, a chance for attendees to write down their memories to share with the family.
"So many people were calling us and asking, what can we do, what can we do, and of course there's really nothing hat you can do to make any of this better at all," Rachel Thompson, Associate Pastor for Youth and Young Adults at Second Presbyterian Church, said. "But we just felt that people really needed somewhere to go and they just needed a space to be together."
Rachel Thompson went on service trips with Cannon.
"Alexa was a bright and beautiful person, she had tons of energy she was unstoppable, she had health setbacks but she did not let those set her back," Thompson added.
She had epilepsy but friends said she stayed positive.
"How she responded to things, I always felt like she never put on the brakes," Vickie Bibee, a Youth Mentor who went on a service trip with Cannon, said.
The family hoped this vigil would, "Just lift Alexa up in light and in love." And that's exactly what her loved ones did. They all lit candles together at the end of the vigil for, "The memory of her bright light and in honor of how bright her light still shines for each of us," Thompson said at the vigil.
After the vigil people shared hugs and more memories.