Mourn­ers honor slain Xenia teen

Tarver, 19, stabbed in back­yard fight, was known as ‘a kind soul.’

Dayton Daily News - - LOCAL & STATE - By Richard Wil­son Staff Writer

A Xenia teenager whose life ended in a back­yard fight last Satur­day is be­ing re­mem­bered by friends and fam­ily as a kind and mu­si­cally tal­ented young woman.

Tre’Ana Tarver, 19, was fa­tally stabbed the night of Nov. 3 in the back­yard of the home of Xenia Coun­cil­man Edgar Wal­lace. Wal­lace’s grand­daugh­ter, 21-yearold Tova Wal­lace-Lee, is charged with mur­der.

Hun­dreds showed up for a can­dle­light vigil Thurs­day night and planned a bal­loon launch Fri­day evening on Cen­tral State Univer­sity’s cam­pus, where Tarver was study­ing chem­istry.

The crowd Thurs­day night gath­ered in front of Tarver’s grand­mother’s house in Xenia. Friends and fam­ily shared mem­o­ries of the Xenia High School grad­u­ate. Her fam­ily said she could play eight mu­si­cal in­stru­ments.

“We’ve got fam­ily, we’ve got friends ... gives us strength ... we know how loved she was,” said Tarver’s mother, Ta­keeshia Glass.

Glass said the out­pour­ing of sup­port has helped her get through the last sev­eral days, and it’s what she’ll need in the days to come with­out her daugh­ter.

“It doesn’t make it OK, but it makes it cope-able,” Glass said.

Adara Tar­rent called Tarver “a kind soul” and de­scribed her as her best friend. She said it was spe­cial to see so many peo­ple pay trib­ute at the can­dle­light vigil, which ended with a bal-

loon launch.

“It shows you in a time of need, the com­mu­nity is go­ing to come to­gether,” Tar­rent said.

On the night of Nov. 3, Xenia po­lice re­ceived multi- ple calls about a fight in the back­yard of a coun­cil­man’s home on East Church Street.

When of­fi­cers ar­rived, they found Tarver on the ground, stabbed. She was taken to Greene Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal, where she was pro­nounced dead.

Wal­lace-Lee was ar­rested at the scene. Po­lice said she was co­op­er­a­tive and was taken into cus­tody with­out a strug­gle.

The fol­low­ing Mon­day, po­lice an­nounc e d Wal­lace-Lee was be­ing charged with mur­der. She re­mains an in­mate in the Greene County Jail on $200,000 bond.

De­tails have not been shared, but po­lice said there was jeal­ousy in­volved and the two had been feud­ing for a pe­riod of time through so­cial me­dia.

Wal­lace-Lee’s case has been trans­ferred from Xenia Mu­nic­i­pal Court to Greene Co u nty Com­mon Pleas Court. The county pros­e­cu­tor’s of­fice is ex­pected to present charges to a grand jury seek­ing an in­dict­ment.

Tre’Ana Tarver was study­ing chem­istry at Cen­tral State Univer­sity.

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