Friends, family hold emotional vigil in remembrance of woman known for her good nature

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Hundreds gathered in a KCK parking lot Wednesday night to honor a woman's life that was taken right where they stood.

Police say 29-year-old Janet Billings was fatally shot in the Lowe's parking lot this past weekend. A suspect is in custody, but family and friends say they can't understand why he pulled the trigger.

Mourners held candles and recounted their favorite memories of Billings. They said she was the life of the party wherever she went, and always had a smile on her face.

Police say she was shot by a man that was no stranger. George Lingenfelser, 28, is charged with first-degree murder in Billings' death.

Family and friends didn't want to go into specifics about how Billings knew Lingenfelser, but they say she never she was known for never turning her back on people, no matter what.

"That's the way Janet was. Nobody was a bad person to Janet. That's what she taught me is respect for one another," Billings' best friend Patrick Royalty said.

"She was just an amazing person. She could sing, that girl would dance, she brought a smile to everybody's face. She was a joy of my life," friend April Beltcher-Jackson said.

Lingenfelser is being held at the Wyandotte County jail on $750,000 bond.

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