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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A candlelight vigil to honor Laurrissa Armstrong, a High Point teacher who died over the weekend after being shot by her estranged husband, was held Wednesday evening in Greensboro.

Family and friends gathered at the Guilford County Courthouse to honor Armstrong, and send a strong message against domestic violence.

"Its going to take bills being passed. I would like to see it done as expeditiously as possible so that this doesn't have to happen to another family," Terri Harris, Armstrong's god-daughter, said.

According to police, Laurrissa Armstrong was shot multiple times by 61-year-old Bruce Ray Armstrong shortly before 8 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29 in front of her apartment at 1404 Adams Farm Parkway. She was taken to Moses Cone Hospital where she remained in critical condition until Saturday when she succumbed to her wounds.

About 2 1/2 hours after Laurrissa Armstrong was shot, Bruce Armstrong was found unresponsive in a rented silver Nissan in the parking lot of the Lowe’s Home Improvement Store near Wendover Avenue and Stanley Road. He was pronounced dead after he was taken to Moses Cone Hospital.

Police say they’re waiting for the medical examiner’s report to determine the manner of Bruce Armstrong’s death.

Greensboro police said Laurrissa Armstong’s death is the eighth fatality that has resulted from domestic violence in the city this year.

Laurrissa Armstrong had worked for Guilford County Schools since 1996, according to Nora Carr, the district’s chief of staff. She had been a career and technical education teacher at Welborn Academy of Science and Technology in High Point since 1999.

Laurrissa Armstrong tried to file a domestic violence protective order against her husband, but was denied by two judges, according to court documents and letters obtained by FOX8.

The vigil was organized by the Sherri Denese Jackson Foundation for the Prevention of Domestic Violence.