Vigil held to remember Durham father of 2 killed last year

Durham County News

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — The family of a Durham man killed outside of a car wash celebrated what would have been his 44th birthday on Sunday.

Around 30 of Wendell Zeigler’s closest friends and family held a celebration of life right in the place where his was taken away. Zeigler was shot and killed in the parking lot of a car wash off Fayetteville Street last September. His mother tells CBS17 News she believes it was a robbery gone wrong.

“He touched so many hearts,” Beverly Spicer Coppin said of her late son. “All I have for the streets of Durham, put the guns down. Stop taking peoples lives. This not the way it’s supposed to be.”

The group prayed for peace and renewed their push to end gun violence.

“He was an uncle to my kids, a brother to my wife, a brother to me,” said close friend and pastor, Nate Davis. “We still miss him. It doesn’t get any easier.”

Durham fire officials said the car wash has been set on fire twice since the deadly shooting. Coppin is hoping her son’s killer will come forward.

“To who did this, I hope you turn yourself in or give yourself to God because eventually it’ll happen for you,” said Coppin. “You may feel what I feel one day. It may be your brother, your sister or somebody in your family and feel the pain that I feel.”

Zeigler left behind two children. Anyone with information on the shooting should contact Durham CrimeStoppers.

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