Violence victims honored at vigil
81-year old Faye Jones, 30-year-old Vernon Bell both killed hours apart
More than 100 members of the Cocoa community on Thursday attended a vigil to remember two victims of recent violence.
With their heads bowed and candles lit, the group remembered 81-year old Faye Jones and 30-year-old Vernon Bell, who were both killed just hours and a few blocks apart on Sunday.
Cocoa police led a procession to both crime scenes, where friends and neighbors could pay their respects.
90-year old Betty Robinson was Jones' neighbor for more than 50 years. She spoke about her friend during the vigil.
"It just took the life out of me. She's like family. I look at that house and it puts an empty feeling inside to think I won't have anyone to communicate with," said Robinson.
Kara Cline spoke about her friend who, police say, actually interrupted the attack that would kills Jones.
She said her friend is still in a coma.
"He would have given anything he asked and so would she. He didn't have to kill her, he didn't have to kill her," said Cline.
Cocoa police told Local 6 its tragedies like these they want to prevent, which is why they are re-establishing the department's street crimes unit.
"They're going to be out in full force, we have a zero tolerance approach with units like that," says Sgt. Eric Austin.
Made up of four officers and a sergeant, they'll focus on targeting violent crimes and even misdemeanors. The unit has been six months in the making and will begin next week.
Tanesha Waters, Bell's sister, said she's hoping helpful clues from the community will solve her brother's murder.
"One voice can make a change, but many can make a roar," she said.
Marcus Royal turned himself in for the murder of Faye Jones on Wednesday, police said. He is being extradited from Virginia and should be back in Brevard County tonight or early tomorrow.