Close friends remember mother, teacher after her death is confirmed
BATON ROUGE - Close friends of a missing woman gathered Thursday night for a previously planned vigil after being delivered devastating news: Their friend was dead.
For the past week, Lyntell Washington's friends had remained hopeful she was still alive. After learning of her death, they remembered the person she was.
"That smile, that smile, that smile of Lyntell's," Angela Fleming remembers.
"I know how much you love me, as much as I love you," another woman said. "Each time that you think of me I know you will miss me too."
Washington often visited the home where the vigil was held along with the close friends in attendance Thursday night. Here 3-year-old daughter used to stay there while she went to work.
"She had a great heart and really, really loved her daughter," Fleming remembers.
Washington's daughter is now staying with family members. After she went missing last week, her daughter was found wandering around a parking lot in Baton Rouge with blood on her feet and inside a car left there.
Investigators searched for nearly five days before a body was found earlier this week in Iberville Parish. The coroner's office used dental records to confirm that the body was Washington's.
Her boyfriend, Robert Marks, is currently in jail on kidnapping and child desertion charges. Washington was 7 months pregnant with his child at the time of her death. Police plan to re-interview Marks Friday but have said that he hasn't been cooperative up until this point in the case.