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Vigil to honor Hollis' memory
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The mother of a local resident who was shot and killed while driving on Sparta Highway last month is holding a vigil in his memory this Sunday in downtown McMinn-ville.

Vicki Marsh is holding the event on Court Square this Sunday, Nov. 28, at 3 p.m. Marsh says the event will be held in remembrance of her son, Christopher Hollis, but she also wants to stress calm at this time.

“Some of the things I’ve been seeing on Facebook, some of the anger, I want to bring that down a notch,” said Marsh. “This will be a peaceful assembly. We have to have faith that our justice system will work. I’ll say a few words and that’s one of the things I’m going to be emphasizing. We need to tone it down and trust that the right decisions will be made.”

Her son, Christopher Hollis, 36, was shot and killed by Jeremiah Davis as the two motorists were travelling inbound on Sparta Highway on Oct. 24, a Sunday afternoon. 

The two motorists began arguing at each other from their vehicles. Hollis was shot while he was driving. Davis surrendered to law enforcement at the scene. A gun was found in the Hollis vehicle.

District Attorney General Craig Northcott has been assigned as the special prosecutor after District Attorney General Lisa Zavogiannis recused herself from the case. Northcott told the Standard in a recent interview he expects the investigation to take months to complete.

Marsh said she talked with Northcott last week.

“I asked for an update and he didn’t have any new information,” said Marsh. “Some people have asked me why I’m not having this at the spot where Christopher was killed and that spot, right there on the highway, is not a safe spot for a gathering. So we’ll be having it on Court Square near the courthouse steps, which is the steps where we need justice.”