Vigil held for Montgomery bowling alley shooting victim

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) – A large crowd of friends and family gathered outside the Bama Lanes bowling alley Monday night for a vigil in honor of 21-year-old Jeffery Reed.

Reed died in a shooting in Bama Lanes on the morning of January 9. Six others were also shot but survived.

Parents already led a crowd of people on foot from Lee High School to the bowling alley for the ceremony. On arrival, more than 100 balloons were released and candles were lit.

“We’re not doing too well,” Reed’s father, Jeffery Reed, said after the wake. “We’re just in pain now.”

The Reed family was visibly shaken as the crowd of more than 100 people surrounded them in prayer and remembrance.

“Every time you see him, he had a smile on his face. He was a joker. He was just nice to be around. He was very caring, he was very respectable, so that’s the type of person he was, so that’s why you see all these people here, because he was really loved,” said Jana Brooks, Reed’s cousin.

The family said the ceremony was also meant to send a message.

“We need the violence to stop in Montgomery,” said Jeffery Reed. “Something needs to be done about the violence.”

“He died because someone chose to kill him, and it’s like that’s not right, so we have to be responsible for our actions and what we do,” Brooks added.

The family says the man accused of killing their son has not been held responsible.

Tory Johnson, 23, of Montgomery, was released from the Montgomery County detention facility Saturday morning and was released from prison for the second time.

Johnson was initially released from prison on January 9, the same day as the shooting. At the time, his bail was set at $270,000.

On Thursday, Montgomery Circuit Judge Tiffany B. McCord raised Johnson’s bail to $860,000. Johnson was able to place bonds again on Saturday.

When asked if the family felt justice had been done, Brooks replied, “No. Hopefully in the future it will be and that we will get justice and move on peacefully.”

“I just want them to raise the bail for murder, period,” Jeffery Reed said.

The Alabama Supreme Court issued an order Friday to increase the state’s maximum murder bond for murder from $150,000 to $1.5 million.

It is unclear how Johnson was able to pay the increased bail on Saturday.

The family thanked everyone who attended Monday’s vigil. They said his funeral will take place in a week. If anyone would like to make a donation to the family, they said you can do so at Cummings Funeral Home.

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