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Family, Friends Of Man Killed In Putnam Shooting Hold Vigil

Reported: Apr. 13, 2014 11:04 PM EDT
Updated: Apr. 13, 2014 11:20 PM EDT
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RED HOUSE, W.Va. (Sean Delancey) -- Family and friends of a Putnam County shooting victim are pleading for justice.

At a vigil Sunday night, the family of Curtis Adams insisted he was set up.

Putnam County deputies said Adams went into his ex-girlfriend's home Saturday on Grandview Ridge Road near Red House.

He allegedly kicked in the front door.

When he got inside, his ex shot him, and Adams later died from his injuries.

Deputies said the former couple had a history of domestic violence.

The case will be turned over to prosecutors, and potentially a grand jury to see if the woman who shot Adams should be charged.

Now, Adams' family and friends are coming together to grieve and hoping an arrest will still be made.

Family and friends mourned together Sunday evening. More than 100 people associated with Adams gathered at his mother's house in St. Albans to come to terms with his death, and they told a very different story from what deputies are reporting.

The vigil began with prayers for Adams, and ended-with tears for a lost relative and friend.

Many people in the crowd weren't happy with the Putnam County justice system, and said the woman who killed their loved one needs to be punished.

Despite what deputies said, the family said Adams was married to the woman who shot him Saturday morning.

They also said the two were at a party together just minutes before shooting, despite a restraining order the woman had against Adams.

Adams' family claims the woman left the party, loaded a gun and asked Adams to come over, then shot him in the chest.

Family members are asking when justice is coming for them

"He was a good man who loved his wife and kids to the point that he basically gave his life for them,” Michael Adams, the shooting victim’s brother said. “I mean, he tried. He did what he could do, and I guess that wasn't good enough for her."

"You got two guns and you could kill somebody in cold blood,” Lolita Adams, the victim’s cousin, said. “You sat there and waited for him to get there. You told him to come. How are you not in jail?"

And while there was a lot of anger in the crowd at the vigil, it was obvious that there was a lot of love for Curtis Adams.

Deputies said the case will likely be headed to a grand jury to determine if the woman involved will be charged.



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