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Friends Gather to Remember Murder Victim


They came to remember.

More than 500 people gathered in a parking lot to mourn the loss of a young woman whose life was cut short in another parking lot across town.

They came to hug, to cry together, to smile together, to laugh together, to remember together, and to be together. Friends, family, classmates, co-workers, bosses, and total strangers came to the parking lot at Seneca Valley High School in Germantown on Wednesday night to celebrate the life of Mariam Folashade Adebayo, the friend they all called Shadé, who was shot and killed by her ex-boyfriend in the Target parking lot a little more than 48 hours earlier.

“Anyone who knew Shadé knows that Shadé always just wanted everyone to be happy, and be friends, and be together,” said Jenna Santucci, one of Shadé’s friends. There were many who came to share stories about Shadé -- about the girl who loved to sing, the girl who loved to eat Doritos, the girl with the infectious laugh, sweet voice, and easy smile.


They held candles and choked back sobs, wiped tears and shared memories. Friend after friend held spoke of her laughter, and good spirit, and beautiful smile, and the happiness she brought with her where ever she went

They shared the joyous impact that Shadé had on their lives. Through sorrow and pain, Shadé’s friends brought the spirit of the 24-year-old back to the high school that she graduated from just six years earlier. In the times since leaving Seneca Valley, Shadé went on to earn a degree in public health from the University of Maryland in 2013, and had just started working for Maxim Healthcare Services in Columbia, Md.

Through sniffles and tears, they told stories of friendship, stories of being young and full of life, while everyone in the parking lot was trying cope with tragic loss. Stories of nights at the Green Turtle, of high school poms mishaps -- of the times when Shadé could brighten their days with a smile or a giggle, or a song.

“She would sing all the time,” said Mollie Gillespie. “She would march to her own drum. She was such a happy person. We have to remember the good times. She was a good friend and you all were great friends to her.”