Hundreds Mourn Slain Boston University Student Erin Edwards and Two Family Members at Cascade United Methodist Church in Atlanta

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms spoke during a memorial service for Erin Edwards, her brother, Christopher Edwards II, and their mother, Dr. Marsha Edwards, held at Cascade United Methodist Church in Atlanta, Ga., on Wednesday. Erin Edwards, 20, was a student at Boston University, class of 2021. (JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE)

Hundreds of people crowded into the Cascade United Methodist Church in Southwest Atlanta on Wednesday to mourn the violent deaths of a mother and her two adult children.

Police say that last week Dr. Marsha Edwards, 58, shot her daughter, Erin Edwards, a 20-year-old rising junior at Boston University, and her son, Christopher Edwards II, 24, before turning the gun on herself.

“The love we have for you and that we have for Marsha, Chris, and Erin will endure forever,” said Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, addressing the children’s father, Dr. Christopher Edwards, in the front row.

Bottoms said she had lived in the same neighborhood as the children for more than a decade, meeting “Little Chris” when he was just a toddler.

Both young adults had worked in the mayor’s office over the years — Chris was a digital content manager in the Office of Film and Entertainment and Erin interned last summer with the mayor’s communications team.

Bottoms described Chris as a “true gentleman,” and said of Erin, “Although it truly saddens me that in this lifetime, I will never get to see, laugh or text with her again, it brings me great joy knowing that Erin lived life fully.”

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SOURCE: Boston Globe, Zoe Greenberg