LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) - Her life ended tragically, but family and friends of Monica White are still choosing peace over revenge a year after her death. Her body was found in a trash can September 4, 2015 in the Chickasaw neighborhood.
Sunday, White's loved ones held a vigil to remember the 50-year-old mother and ask for help to solve her case. White's family and friends said it's still hard to believe she's really gone.
“It’s been rough, sleepless nights. I pray each and every day that somebody will come forward and have answers,” Monica White’s son Anthony White said. “No retaliation, I just want to know why. The result and the damage is done, it is what it is. We can’t bring her back. I just want to know who and why, that’s it. If you know anything, speak up. What if this was your mother? What if I was your child?”
“I just wish and pray every day that she’s going to come back, but she can’t,” White’s friend Faith Mack said.
“She’s a nice person. Why would you do something like that?” White’s cousin Kayla Morris said.
“I just want justice for her. That was my heart and my baby, and y’all took her,” White’s friend Nyshaia Mack said.
It’s those questions that continue to get no response, and those prayers that can’t be answered. It's enough to make those grieving want to resort to revenge and retaliation, but that's not the Monica White way.
“I know two wrongs don’t make a right. I know my mother wasn’t a violent person, so I’m not violent. I pray each and every day to the man upstairs. He’s keeping me sane and wanting to retaliate,” Anthony White said. “That’s not who we are. We’re loving people, kindhearted people. So, that’s what’s keeping everything peaceful in this last year. It’s rough. Thoughts do run through your mind. I’m just trying to do the right thing. I’m just trying to do what she wanted me to do, and what she raised me to do. That’s lead by example.”
At Sunday’s vigil, magnets with peace signs and teddy bears were laid around the spot where Monica White was found. Her loved ones said those symbols embody everything she stood for.
“She could just like attach to you. She had a lot in common with a lot of people. She could relate to it all no matter who you are, what color you are,” Anthony White said.
“She helped us with our homework and helped us do anything. She taught us everything that we needed to know about friends, loyalty, love, and everything,” Faith Mack said. “She’s better than Superwoman.”
“She was there for me no matter what. When she needed us, she was there. She showed her love to us, and to everyone,” White’s friend Da’Renna Harris said.
White’s son said Sunday’s vigil meant so much to him and helped remind him his mother will never be forgotten.
“It means everything in the world to me. My mother loved all of these people that came out and supported her today,” Anthony White said.
Anybody with any tips or information about this case is urged to call 574-LMPD.