Friends and Family Pay Tribute to Jackie Vandagriff at Frisco Vigil

Murder victim remembered for selfless spirit and spunky personality

Several dozen friends and family members of murder victim Jackie Vandagriff remembered her Wednesday night at a vigil in her hometown of Frisco.

They gathered under the pavilion at Frisco Commons and told stories about the 24-year-old's spunky personality and selfless spirit.

At one point, an organizer led the crowd in shouting, "I love you Jackie."

Vandagriff was studying nutrition at Texas Woman's University in Denton and graduated from Wakeland High School in Frisco.

Vandagriff was murdered last week after police say she met a man at a Denton bar and left with him.

Charles Bryant, 30, of North Fort Worth, has been charged with capital murder.

At the vigil, Vandagriff's family asked reporters to keep a distance and not to photograph them.

In interviews after the vigil, several friends paid tribute.

"She left a beautiful legacy," said Mandi Razo, who said she had known Vandagriff for years. "She was amazing to everybody she met. And the world is darker now that she's not in it."

"She loved to talk, she just always had something to say," said Jacob Frost, of Frisco. "She was always one of those people, always on everyone's good side. I don't know how she could have been on anyone's bad side because she was so sweet."

Frost and others said the sad lesson from Vandagriff's death is to be careful about trusting strangers.

"This guy knew she was an easy victim," Frost said. "That was another thing. She might have been a little too trusting. And unfortunately here we are."

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