Vigil held for Oberlin victim

A balloon release and candle vigil was held Sunday afternoon in Oberlin in honor of Rachel Denise Lambert Vercher, who was killed in June 2013.

Participants met at Oberlin Courthouse and drove to the site where Lambert was murdered.

The vigil was organized by the victim’s uncle, Artis Veazey Jr., and the date marked the anniversary of her death.

“We didn’t actually want to do this to celebrate it being one year that she was murdered but instead celebrate one year that she has been in heaven with Jesus,” Veazey said after the vigil. “We wanted to remember her. She has a lot of family and friends and we don’t want to forget her.”

The estranged husband, Joseph Eric Vercher, 35, is awaiting trial for second-degree murder in the June 29, 2013, slaying of the 34-year-old.

He allegedly stabbed her, slit her throat then dumped her body in a wooded area on Carrier Road, just north of Oberlin then drove to the Sheriff’s Office to turn himself in.

Veazey said he will continue to “pour support” into the investigation until “justice has been served.”

“As far as our family is concerned the only justice for Rachel in this case will be that (Vercher) is behind bars for the rest of his life without parole,” Veazey said. “She was close to me. She was the only niece I had. She was always the life of a get together and she knew how to make people laugh.”