Candlelight vigil held in memory of Jasmine Pace

Sister, best friend describe her as "fearless, loved, amazing"

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) — The Chattanooga community came together Monday night to remember 22-year-old Jasmine Pace, who disappeared last month.

Last Thursdsay, the remains of her body were discovered in the Tennessee River.

A candlelight vigil was held at Coolidge Park to celebrate her life.

Family, friends, and strangers alike gathered in the cold and rain to remember a life taken too soon.

Pace was said to have an “old soul” for someone so young.

Candles glowed, providing a light in the dark — something many saw Jasmine as.

“To me, she was fearless,” said Bailey Putman, Jasmine’s best friend. “I can not name a time, and Gabby can probably testify to this, that she was afraid. I have never seen her afraid of anything. She is never one to back down from saying anything. She always stood her ground.”

“There was one time, we were younger, we were at Amigos and we were shoving ice cream on each other’s [faces],” said Gabby Pace, Jasmine’s sister. “We went ice skating, we tumbled on top of each other — I mean, there [are] so many memories … so many.”

While the night provided support to those close to Jasmine, Putman and Pace also wanted the vigil to honor others who survived domestic violence or are still actively missing.

The two want others to know that they “have a corner” and “an army” behind them.

“There [are] all these missing pages reports that posted her and now all the other girls on the pages are getting shared,” Putman said. “All of the information of missing children are being shared nonstop.”

While her sister is gone, Gabby Pace says as time passes, Jasmine will always be remembered as someone who was close to her family.

“Fearless, loved, intelligent, a mom to cats, an amazing aunt, an amazing daughter, sister, friend neighbor — Jasmine was just an amazing person all the way around,” Pace said.

Something else that Putman and Pace told me is that if you should see any GoFundMe page or online donation page dedicated to helping the Pace family financially in Jasmine’s memory, it is a scam.

They are warning the community not to donate their money to any such fund.

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