Alabama police find a missing woman dead. 8 people are charged in connection to her death.

A 20-year-old woman reported missing Sunday in Alabama after she sent a message to her family saying she was being held hostage has been found dead on a roadside in Birmingham, according to the Birmingham Police Department.

The victim, identified as Mahogany Jaquise Jackson of Jasper, Alabama, was found in southwest Birmingham by a passerby, who called 911 around 2:19 a.m. Monday, police said.

"When officers arrived on the scene, they observed the victim lying unresponsive on the side of the road, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound," said the police.

Eight people, four men and four women, have been arrested in connection to Jackson's death, according to Birmingham police. They all face a number of charges which include capital murder, felony murder, first-degree sodomy and first-degree kidnapping.

They are currently being held in the Jefferson County jail on no bond.

It was revealed in a Wednesday press conference by Birmingham police that the suspects filmed portions of the crime and the victim was friends and acquaintances with them. "The facts of this case are deplorable and sickening," said Birmingham Police Chief Scott Thurmond.

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Remembering Mahogany

On Thursday Feb. 29, family and friends of Jackson gathered to remember a life cut tragically short.

A candlelight vigil was held at the apartment complex where she went missing.

According to and other local outlets, there were 100 people in attendance and many were asked to bring pink balloons.

When was Mahogany Jackson reported missing?

Jackson was declared a missing person by the Birmingham Police Department around 11:15 p.m. Sunday.

Police said that Jackson was last seen the previous day in a black shirt and blue jeans with a blonde wig.

They said that Jackson had texted a family member earlier in the day around 7:30 a.m. and "has not been seen or heard from since that time."

Jackson was being 'held hostage,' family says

Meanwhile, Jackson's mother Gail Maddox, in a post on Facebook on Sunday around 3:15 p.m., said that her daughter texted her in the morning saying "she was being held hostage."

Maddox said that her daughter sent her details of her location and asked her to send the police.

While the police did not detail if they went to the location, reported that family members rushed to Jackson's reported location at an apartment along with the Birmingham police, but that she was nowhere to be found.

The apartment's resident, a woman Jackson knew, was initially reluctant to let the police and the family in. She later allowed them inside and told the police that Jackson had been there but left around 2 a.m. The family told that they did not see Jackson at the apartment.

Maddox did not immediately respond to USA TODAY's request for a comment.

The police have requested anyone with information on the incident to contact the department's Homicide Unit at 205-254-1764 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.

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