Family, friends hold vigil in memory of slain Waterford mother

Ashley Rich, 26, fatally shot in August

By Priya Mann - Reporter, Dawn Jorgenson - Graham Media Group

HIGHLAND, Mich. - Nearly two months after a Waterford woman was killed, her family held a candlelight vigil in Highland in her honor. 

Ashley Rich, 26, was fatally shot in her back in August inside an apartment she shared with her boyfriend, Ian Jones, who was later charged with her murder. 

Rich's family said the couple had only been dating for a year and that the relationship quickly turned violent. 

"Ladies, get out. It doesn’t get better. I don’t want anyone to end up like my baby," Rich's mother, Melinda Newcomb, said.

The 26-year-old woman had three children all under the age of 10. They were not living with Rich when she was killed.

Wearing a T-shirt with her mother’s picture on it, Rich's daughter said she misses her mom.

"She’s cried a lot," Newcomb said. "She misses her mom. No one understands why this happened." 

As the family prepares for a trial, they have a message for the man accused of killing Rich. 

"I hope you realize everything you’ve done to friends, family and community," Newcomb said.

One by one, loved ones released balloons and blew out candles Sunday as they honored the mother of three.

It’s a great comfort that my daughter has not been forgotten, that her life meant something," Newcomb, said. 

Jones is charged with open murder and felony firearm. He remains behind jailed. 

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