WAYNESBORO, Va. (WRIC)—On Saturday night a candlelight vigil was held in Waynesboro in honor of reserve police captain Kevin Wayne Quick, whose body was discovered in Goochland County on Thursday.
The vigil was organized by some of Quick's former coworkers; he was a longtime employee at INVISTA in Waynesboro. Word spread quickly about the event, and people from all over came out to pay their respects.
"To know Kevin was to love Kevin, to honor him and to respect him," said Donna Hall, a friend of Quick's.
More than 100 friends, coworkers and family members gathered in Waynesboro to remember the volunteer police captain, who was reported missing on Feb. 1 and found dead on Feb. 6.
"He didn't deserve this; he woulda given you the shirt off his back," an attendee said. "This is killing me."
Hall helped organize the vigil. She says she worked with Quick at the textile plant now called INVISTA, where he worked for more than 20 years.
"Kevin impacted everyone's life in a very positive way. He just was a magnificent guy. He was a wonderful friend, he was a wonderful coworker; he's a wonderful father," Hall said. "There's no one that can say anything negative about Kevin … He was always there for you, and we wanna be here for him. We wanna light up Waynesboro the way he lit up our lives."
Quick's two younger brothers and mother were among the crowd, wearing orange and blue ribbons in support of his favorite team.
"He was a fanatic UVA fan," brother Glenn Quick said. "He had season tickets, and the highlight of the season was him tailgating and hanging out with his friends."
Quick's family can't fully express how it feels to know he is gone, but is comforted to see the outpouring of support from the community.
"He valued his friendships, so we all knew how he was as brothers," Glenn Quick said. "But how everyone else perceived him, we didn't know it was this big. This is really great."
"Just to honor his life, to celebrate his life, because that's what he would've wanted," Hall said. "He would've wanted us to have a celebration in his honor."
Quick's family is still making funeral arrangements.
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