Friends and family of a woman shot dead in southeastern DC last month gathered in Virginia on Friday to remember the promising young college student.

Ranel “Rae” Marshall was found shot dead in her car in the 4000 block of Alabama Avenue SE before 5 p.m. on June 29, police said. She passed away on Sunday.

She was going to find a friend to go to the movies. Her mother says she was an innocent passerby.

“She was shot dead by someone who fired bullets, and they basically destroyed my family,” her mother said.

Marshall lived in Prince George County, Maryland, but grew up in Falls Church, Virginia, where a candlelight vigil was held at the James Lee Community Center.

“She went to the after school recreation center for their after school program and their summer program,” Marshall’s mother said. “She played lacrosse and she did cheerleading here at the recreation center. She played lacrosse for the town of Falls Church and its high school.

The family say attending the vigil shows how much Marshall was loved in the community.

“You ruined my life,” her mother said. “You took my daughter, my sons and our family from me. It hurts.”

The family say Marshall had a big smile and a big heart.

She and her mother recently traveled to the Virgin Islands to celebrate her 21st birthdayst birthday.

Marshall would soon have headed to an art school for in-person lessons. She wanted to be an interior designer.

“She was just a gorgeous, amazing, daring girl,” her great aunt said. “And they literally picked us a beautiful flower. I just want them to know that you took something beautiful from us that we can never replace at all.