Hundreds gather to pay respects at wake for NJ college freshman killed in Nashville shooting

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Friday, November 17, 2023
Wake held for NJ college freshman killed in Nashville shooting
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CeFaan Kim has more on the wake for Jillian Ludwig.

MANASQUAN, New Jersey (WABC) -- There was an outpouring of love for Jillian Ludwig that started at least 30 minutes before the start of Thursday's wake.

Ludwig, 18, was walking on the track in the Edgehill Community Memorial Gardens Park on the night of November 7th when she was hit in the head by a stray bullet. She died two days later from her injuries.

More than a week after the incident, the Manasquan community, still hurting from the loss, came together for the family.

If the Ludwig family needed a strong shoulder to lean on, there was literally a team at the Orender Family Home for Funerals to support them.

The Wall High School football team in their red jerseys were among hundreds of loved ones who turned out, altogether sharing the family's pain.

The parking lot, not even large enough to contain the outpour of love, overflowed with support from mourners streaming down the side of the road for a chance to say goodbye.

It was last Thursday when they gathered at The Church in Brielle after learning Ludwig had passed.

The college freshman was struck by a stray bullet while walking in a park near the campus of Belmont University in Nashville.

It may have been an hour before anyone know she was shot in the head.

The young woman from Wall Township, New Jersey was just starting her journey, studying music business at the school.

Friends say her talent could light up the world.

The alleged gunman, 29-year-old Shaquille Taylor, was arrested by Nashville police and allegedly told authorities he was firing at a vehicle.

The musical director at the church where Ludwig played for over a decade said she was a quiet force who allowed her music to speak through her.


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