CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A heartbroken community is coming together following a double-murder earlier this week.
On Thursday night, dozens of family members and friends were hand and hand to remember Curtis Sr. and Ruby Atkinson outside their home.
Meanwhile, the two murder suspects have now been extradited back to Charlotte from Washington D.C. Both are being held at the Mecklenburg County Jail.
At the neighborhood vigil, the focus was on the two victims, not the suspects.
“(A) neighborhood can come together as one, it’s a blessing,” says Shirley Atkinson, Curtis Atkinson Sr.’s sister.
This week has taken a toll on the Atkinson family. Shirley’s brother, Curtis Sr., and her sister in law, Ruby, were murdered; allegedly at the hands of their son and his girlfriend.
“It still hasn’t set in yet, I still have my own questions in my mind what happened, so I’m still having time dealing with it,” says Shirley Atkinson.
Charlotte is on its 27th homicide this year.
“We just pray that our city come together and realize we are better than this,” says Sam Turk, who went to the same church as the couple.
Turk says he was on a church crisis team with Ruby.
“Our charge was to help people going through crisis just like this, so she was a very, very giving person,” says Turk.
Investigators say Nikkia Cooper and Curtis Atkinson Jr. also kidnapped his 11-year-old niece. The suspects crashed during a police chase in Washington D.C. and were taken into custody.
However, back at the vigil, loved ones were holding onto happier memories. Shirley Atkinson describes her brother as “a happy person.” She says her sister-in-law was someone “you can’t do anything but love”.
The two murder suspects are scheduled to appear in court Friday.