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Prayer vigil for Hathcock set for Thursday
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A prayer vigil will be held Thursday night at 7 p.m. at Westwood Church of Christ in memory of former Warren County resident Patti Hathcock.

The TBI announced Tuesday that Hathcock’s body was found after she had gone missing in Jackson on Thursday. She was 19.

Patti was the daughter of Coy and Betty Ann Hathcock. Coy was the preacher at Westwood Church of Christ from 2007 to 2015 and the family remains well known in this community.

Patti attended Hickory Creek Elementary, Warren County Middle School and attended Warren County High School as a freshman before the family returned to West Tennessee. She played basketball for the Lady Pioneers while at WCMS.

According to a report from ABC affiliate Local 24 in Memphis, Jackson Police investigators say Shawn Shaw has reportedly confessed to killing Hathcock, who Shaw identified as his girlfriend.

Police said a witness called them about Hathcock’s vehicle being found abandoned at a park. Police found the vehicle, and said it had evidence of a violent assault.

Investigators said Shaw was located over the weekend. When questioned, police said Shaw admitted to assaulting Hathcock in Jackson. They said he confessed to driving her to south Madison County, killing her, and concealing her body, which has been sent to Nashville for an autopsy.

Shaw is set to be arraigned Wednesday in Jackson on charges of first-degree murder, especially aggravated kidnapping, and domestic assault.