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Vigil held on Sunday for Oildale stabbing victim

Posted at 11:24 PM, Feb 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-10 13:51:41-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A vigil was held on Sunday for 53-year-old Tracy Elliott of Wofford Heights, who was killed on Tuesday due to a stabbing in Oildale.

Tracy Elliott lost his life on the corner of Roberts Lane and Belmont Avenue.

His family and friends say he was one of the most giving people that they knew.

"In my heart of hearts I know he was a believer and the love that he showed everybody, he made his way into heaven," said Desire Elliott.

On Wednesday, the Kern County Sheriff's Office arrested 34-year-old Jesse Lopez of Bakersfield in connection to the deadly stabbing.

Tracy's sister Desire Elliott says the arrest has brought them some comfort.

"That's probably the easier place for him to be," Desire Elliott said. "A lot of people are upset about this. They are mad and hurt you know, that they took a good person away from all of this."

Tracy's Mother, Carol Lopez, fought back tears throughout the vigil.

She says she will miss her son who lived with her at the time.

"He was always was putting other people before his own needs," Lopez said. "He was always willing to help anybody and when he was home he loved to cook, he was always cooking for me."

Tracy's vigil overflowed with candles filling the sky and music playing throughout the air.

Many of his friends say he was a handyman who could fix anything and helped anyone in need.

Lopez shares that she and Tracy left Bakersfield eight years ago, because of what they say has become a dangerous place.

Friends tell 23ABC that Tracy did not want to die young. Now, he leaves behind five children.

"He was my friend, he was always happy and he didn’t deserve this," said Beverly Pebbles, a friend of Tracy Elliott.

The family says that Tracy's Celebration of Life will be held on February 22 and all are welcomed to attend.