Family, friends hold candlelight vigil for 22-year-old murder victim

jkegley@herald-leader.comDecember 3, 2012 

While police were still searching for his alleged killer, friends and family members of Anthony Logan gathered Monday night to honor his memory and to pray for an end to the type of violence that took the young father's life. Logan, 22, was shot and killed outside an apartment complex at 221 Cambridge place about 11:30 p.m. Saturday. The next day, police issued an arrest warrant for Brandon Lamont Bailey, 28, charging him with murder.

Bailey had not been arrested Monday night, Lexington police Lt. Dean Marcum said.

The rally and vigil in Logan's honor was held outside the apartment complex near where he was shot. About 200 people gathered on the small lawn to light candles, write messages on cards and posters and pray.

The gathering was organized by two of Logan's sisters.

"I know that's what he would have wanted — his friends and family to come together to celebrate his welcome home," said Regina Oxendine, 28, one of Logan's eight biological siblings.

Logan also spent some of his youth in the state's foster care program, and many of his adopted family members were there as well.

"He was always smiling, always giggling. He was a big teaser," said Jimmy Thomas, one of his foster brothers.

Oxendine said Logan was visiting her when the shooting occurred. They had planned to walk to a nearby nightclub to celebrate his upcoming birthday; Logan would have turned 23 Tuesday.

However, what started as an argument between two men escalated, and shots were fired, police have said. Oxendine was nearby at the time.

"As soon as I turned around, I saw the flash of the gun, the light, like it was firecrackers," she said, her voice cracking. "I ran back down the street and I saw him just lying there lifeless on the ground."

Friends and family remembered Logan as a dedicated father of three young boys. He worked full time at McDonald's to support them, his sister said. They remembered him as a "people person" who loved to crack jokes.

"He was always cheesin'," Oxendine said. "Even when there was nothing to laugh about, he was cheesin' still."

Funeral arrangements were not complete Monday night.

Josh Kegley: (859) 231-3197. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety.

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