Friends remember shooting victim Sawyer Webb

By: Sara Shookman Email
By: Sara Shookman Email

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Family and friends of Fort Sanders shooting victim Sawyer Webb say they'll keep fighting for justice.

It was hard to keep the candles lit, but dozens of students and friends gathered anyway to remember him Wednesday night.

"You gotta find the light in the darkness somewhere," said James Binder, who organized the vigil.

"He had a way about making you laugh. It was just about being goofy and keeping a smile on every body's face," said Binder.

Binder says through the tears over Webb's murder, friends trying to remember the good times.

"The smile on his face was. I would give anything to see that smile again," said Taylor Floyd.

The group met at the Grate, Webb's favorite meeting place on the UT Campus, just to talk. They say Sawyer's music and his take on life was enviable.

"He knew what was valuable and what wasn't that's something none of us are really taught anymore," said Kim Zamora.

Even family friends of his mother's came to honor his memory.

"Sawyer was her whole life, and as you can imagine, the bottom has dropped out of her life right now," said Sharon Quarles. Quarles says only time will heal, but these words will help Sawyer's mom, Tracy's heart.

"I know she's going to be very very touched," Quarles said.

Binder says he's glad to see an arrest in the shooting and hopes a second suspect will be found. Devin Jamison is charged with murder, among other crimes.

"It's something that can't go unnoticed. It's something that can't disappear and be forgotten its justice and if anything Sawyer deserves better than that," said Binder.

Binder asked everyone to bring a dollar to help Webb's family with funeral expenses. So far he says they've collected a few hundred dollars to pass along.


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