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REDLANDS - A candlelight vigil was held Monday evening on the busy corner of Lugonia Avenue and Grove Street in memory of Laura Lee Jones.

The 50-year-old Redlands resident died Feb. 3, months after she was struck by an apparent hit-and-run vehicle in the area in October.

She was in a coma for a month, but was unable to move or speak weeks after the accident, said Greg Murray, her common law husband.

Jones was riding her bicycle on Lugonia to her home near Grove Street when she was hit, he added.

A photo of Laura Lee Jones is lit by a candle.
A photo of Laura Lee Jones is lit by a candle. (Rachel Luna/Staff Photographer)

The vigil was spearheaded by the Cops and Clergy Network who wanted to bring attention to the accident. Nearly two dozen attended.

It is unclear if her death is directly linked to the crash.

To those who knew Laura Lee Jones, who moved to Redlands with Murray two years ago from Alabama, they remembered a woman with a bright personality and a kind heart.

"She was sweet, nice. She was fun. She loved everybody," he said.

Murray met with Felix Jones, president of the network who is not related to the Redlands woman, on Wednesday and organized the vigil.

Those who attended brought candles, which they kept lighting after a light wind swept through the area.

Felix Jones and the network provided candles to those who do not.

Part of the reason for the vigil was to draw attention to Laura Lee Jones and what had happened to her, he said.

One of the Redlands woman's best friends Denise Stark tried her best to hold back tears when describing what a kind heart Laura Lee Jones hand.

The two met last year at a Super Bowl party, and they had been inseparable ever since. Stark would often provide her with rides as neither she nor Murray had a car.

"The night she died, I would have given her a ride," she said, as she lit the candle in her hand.

Stark added that whatever situation she was going through, Laura Lee Jones would always offer her support.

"I'm going through a really difficult time right now, financially, and she was so very encouraging," Stark said.

"Even when she was in the hospital and couldn't speak to me, she just encouraged me with her eyes."

The hit-and-run is still under investigation.

Those who have any additional information about the incident can call Redlands Police Dispatch at 909-798-7681.


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