COLUMBIA — A candlelight vigil was held Saturday night behind DC's Bar and Grill for Marvin Holmes, a local Columbia DJ who passed away Saturday evening after spending a week in critical condition at University Hospital, said Tiffany Williams, his daughter.
Over 100 people attended the vigil, where family members — including Holmes' brother the Rev. James Holmes — and friends gave short speeches, prayed, reminisced and released balloons in his honor.
Holmes was a DJ for over 20 years, his daughter said.
He performed regularly under the name DJ Ice at DC's Bar and Grill. He also performed at Christmas parties at Joe Machens Dealerships — where he also worked — and at private parties and wedding receptions, Williams said.
“He loved music,” she said. “Even more than that he loved making people happy, making sure they have a good time and enjoy themselves.”
Holmes was taken to the hospital with a head injury early on Aug. 21 after a physical confrontation with another man at DC's. He remained in critical condition until Saturday evening, when he died.
DC's Bar and Grill has remained closed since the incident took place.