MACON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – The family of a woman who was killed last weekend in Macon County honored her life on Sunday.
This would have been Alisha Mondoni’s 33rd birthday.
“There aren’t any words to express how heartbroken we are,” Mondoni’s parents, Valerie and Ken Smith, told told News 2.
Just one day after burying their daughter, the family celebrated her birthday around her grave.
Last Saturday morning, a neighbor found Mondoni and 44-year-old James Turner both shot in a car along New Harmony Road just outside of Hartsville.
“James Turner was an innocent bystander victim just like our daughter,” explained Valerie.
The Smiths say their daughter was giving Turner a ride home, and she died doing what she always did: helping someone in need.
“She was a wonderful person in every sense of the word. She was as beautiful inside as she was outside.”
Mondoni was also described by her parents as a dedicated worker and mother to four.
“She was amazing at what she could accomplish; raising children, working, helping friends, doing whatever it is was that she needed to do she was amazing. Her children were her life.”
On Sunday, her children sat in the graveyard writing birthday cards for their mom. The messages were tied to balloons and released into the sky.
The family then sprinkled Skittles and Twizzlers across her grave.
“She loved those candies so, but she didn’t like cake. She didn’t like pie, so that’s what she’s getting for her birthday,” explained her mom.
While Mondoni is no longer physically present, her parents say she will always live in their hearts.
“Absolutely. We just love her, happy birthday Alisha Renee and we will see you again.”
A GoFundMe account has been created to help the family with funeral expenses. Click here to donate.
Rodney Garrett is in the Macon County jail facing charges for his alleged role in the double murder. He was arrested in Nashville Thursday afternoon.
Officers are still looking for Keithandre Murray, who is wanted in connection to the crime. He is now on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Top 10 Most Wanted List.
If you know where Murray is call 1-800- TBI- FIND. A reward is being offered to anyone who helps officers find him.