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Vigil to be held for mother of 6 murdered at strip club

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by Ron Lee - bio l email & Chris Dyches - email

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A vigil will be held on Tuesday night for Juquina Harris, the mother of 6 children who was shot and killed in the parking lot of a north Charlotte strip club last Thursday.

Two brothers have been charged in her murder.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has signed murder warrants for 24-year-old Elijah Akeem Ashford and 22-year-old Aaron Ashford.

Elijah Ashford was arrested without incident at the intersection of Tappan Place and Academy Street, police said. His brother, Aaron Ashford, was arrested without incident along the 6600 block of Wisteria Drive, shortly after 3:30 p.m Friday afternoon

Police were called out to the Silver Fox night club along 3935 Statesville Avenue around 2:01 a.m. on Thursday morning.

When officers arrived on the scene, they found 27-year-old Juquina Harris lying on the ground outside the club suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.  MEDIC arrived on the scene and pronounced the mother of six children dead around 2:13 a.m.

According to the club owner, Harris did not work at the club.

On Tuesday, Mothers of Murdered Offspring will hold a vigil at 7 p.m. near the intersection of 30th and 28th streets in the North Tryon area.

According to police, witnesses said two large groups of people began arguing in the parking lot near the entrance of the club, when someone pulled out a gun and multiple shots were fired.

Another man was shot during the fight, but officers say he was grabbed by friends, put into a green sedan and rushed to the hospital.

Officers received a call from Carolinas Medical Center stating that a man had been shot was dropped off by a green Pontiac four door vehicle.

Officers confiscated the sedan and say the vehicle will be processed by Crime Scene investigators. At this stage of the investigation, it is believed that the two subjects who arrived at CMC were bystanders and that one of the subjects was struck by gunfire.

Officers had to control the crowd after the incident, they report emotions were running very high. Once the situation calmed down, investigators identified many witnesses both inside the club and in the parking lot area and will conduct interviews at police headquarters.

It's not clear where the six children will go.

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