Virtual Homicide Vigil

Our lives are affected by the violence around us, whether it be from watching the news or from the death of someone close to us in an act of brutality. The Sisters of the Precious Blood want to express our solidarity with those who have lost a loved one to violence by praying for your families and community. In 1994, we initiated prayer at homicide sites in Dayton, Ohio—now we want to open up our prayer to the world. Join us as we step toward ending violence in our world.

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Michael E. Hefner

Virtual candle lit for Michael E. Hefner

January 4, 2022

7-8-2019 homicide victim

Azarion Melvin, Traci Taylor, Ritchie Moorfield and Tykwon Washington

Virtual candle lit for Azarion Melvin, Traci Taylor, Ritchie Moorfield and Tykwon Washington

December 3, 2021

There were empty places at Thanksgiving dinners this year. The following persons no longer shared special meals and laughter with their families and friends: Azarion Melvin, 14, found shot to death on Oct. 31; Traci Taylor, 49, was deliberately run over on Nov. 3; Ritchie Moorfield, 26, lost his life on Nov. 4; Tykwon Washington, 22, died of a bullet to his head on Nov. 7. Grief always seems compounded when loved ones die near holidays. With Christmas approaching, this is especially true for the families of these victims. And so we pray. VIGIL PRAYER: God of the sorrowing, we pray for the family and friends of Azarion, Traci, Ritchie and Tykwon who have been touched by tragic death. May you wipe away the tears from their eyes and comfort them by the knowledge that nothing can separate them from your love. We trust that Azarion, Traci, Ritchie and Tykwon are now experiencing new life in your kingdom. Let us not become indifferent to the loss of life caused by acts of senseless violence. May we be instruments of peace in building a world based on respect and care for all our brothers and sisters. SCRIPTURE: REVELATIONS 21:4-6 [God] will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain, [for] the old order has passed away. The one who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” Then he said, “Write these words down, for they are trustworthy and true.” REFLECTION: How do these words resonate with me during this season of Advent? For what do I wait? For what do I hope? How is Jesus the reason for my hope? PRAYER OF ST. FRANCIS: Make me a channel of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me bring your love. Where there is injury, your pardon, Lord, and where there’s doubt, true faith in you. Make me a channel of your peace. Where there’s despair in life let me bring hope. Where there is darkness only light, and where there’s sadness ever joy. O Master, grant that I may never seek, so much to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love with all my soul. Make me a channel of your peace. It is in pardoning that we are pardoned. In giving of ourselves that we receive, and in dying that we’re born to eternal life.

Faith Guffey, Bruce Davis and John Canfalone

Virtual candle lit for Faith Guffey, Bruce Davis and John Canfalone

November 1, 2021

We remember: Faith Guffey, 25, shot to death; found on porch of abandoned house on Oct. 11, Caho St. near Nassau St. Bruce Davis, 40, shot to death on Oct. 15, Otis Dr., Harrison Twp. John Canfalone, 65, found dead Oct. 15 on Blanche Ave. after police did a welfare check; may have been dead several days; being investigated as a homicide. PRAYER OF REMEMBERANCE OPENING PRAYER: God of the sorrowing, we pray for family and friends of Faith, Bruce and John who have been touched by tragic deaths. May you wipe away the tears from their eyes. May those who mourn be comforted by the fact that nothing can separate them from your love. For Faith, Bruce and John death came as a thief in the night. We trust that they are now experiencing new life in your kingdom. From these tragedies may we find strength to battle the violence that seeks to destroy families and neighborhoods. As people of faith, we commend this sister and brothers of ours into your hands. Amen. SCRIPTURE: ISIAH 43: 1-3a - 4 Thus says the Lord, who created you and formed you: Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the water, I will be with you; in the rivers you shall not drown. When you walk through fire, you shall not be burned; the flames shall not consume you. For I am the Lord, your God ... you are precious in my eyes and glorious, and because I love you ... REFLECTION: Imagine God whispering these words to those who have died. INTERCESSIONS: (Response: Lord, hear our prayer) For Faith, Bruce and John, that they may be enjoying God’s presence, we pray LORD ... For the family, and friends of Faith, Bruce and John that God will heal their grief, we pray LORD ... For neighborhoods that have experienced violence, that God will bring them together as true neighbors, we pray LORD ... For the perpetrators that they will find both justice and mercy, we pray LORD ... For law enforcement personnel that in their search for justice God will guide them and keep them safe, we pray LORD ... For ourselves that we may actively pursue lives of non-violence we pray, LORD ... We make these prayers in the name of Jesus Christ who shed his blood so that all might know the love and mercy of God. Amen.

Danielle and her family, Allison and Jim, Gabrielle and her family.

Virtual candle lit for Danielle and her family, Allison and Jim, Gabrielle and her family.

October 26, 2021

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Jovan Patterson and Joseph Nicholson

Virtual candle lit for Jovan Patterson and Joseph Nicholson

September 30, 2021

As September comes to a close, we remember: Jovan Patterson, 31, shot to death on Sept. 2 and Joseph Nicholson, 43, shot on Sept. 26 and died of his wounds on Sept. 29. These unexpected and violent deaths leave behind grieving family and friends. The prayer offered here is given to us from Barbara Mosley of Omega Baptist Church. Heavenly Father, you said that we must not avenge ourselves, but we must leave it to the wrath of God because vengeance is yours and you will repay. (Romans 12:19) Because of your holy and righteous word, we pray for the perpetrators involved in these senseless shootings. May they seek your forgiveness. Father, we are lifting up special prayers for Javon and Joseph that their souls find rest in you. We also pray for those they left behind who mourn their loss. We ask that you provide comfort and peace of mind to their families, friends and loved ones during this time of grief and beyond. You are the God of refuge in times of trouble. Amen.

Michael E. Hefner

Virtual candle lit for Michael E. Hefner

September 30, 2021

Michael E. Hefner

Amy Yates family & friends

Virtual candle lit for Amy Yates family & friends

September 30, 2021

Peace, love & healing

George Smith, Virgil Pack, Jonaven Reddick and Hueston Tigner

Virtual candle lit for George Smith, Virgil Pack, Jonaven Reddick and Hueston Tigner

August 26, 2021

As August moves toward its completion, we remember 4 men whose lives were lost to gun violence this month. George Smith, 45, was shot in the head on July 26th on Gerhard St. and died on Aug. 10. Virgil Pack, 42, was killed on Aug. 19 at Eagle Ridge Apartments. Circumstances are still being investigated. Jonaven Reddick, 26, was shot and killed near 3rd and Gettysburg on Aug 19. Hueston Tigner, 23, died of several gunshot wounds on Aug. 22, Gramont Ave. Let us not grow indifferent to these deaths for life is a gift not to be taken from them by the hands of others. Loving and merciful God, receive our prayers for George, Virgil, Jonaven, Hueston, their families and all those who are hurting because of these untimely deaths. May the love and peace of your Son Jesus Christ console them and may harmony be restored and justice be served. May the fruit of justice and charity reign in every family and neighborhood throughout our community. We pray in Jesus’ name and in the power of His Precious Blood. Amen. Scripture Reading: Lamentations 3:21-24 But I will call this to mind, as my reason to have hope: The favors of the Lord are not exhausted, his mercies are not spent; They are renewed each morning, so great is his faithfulness. My portion is the Lord, says my soul; therefore will I hope in Him. Personal Reflection Petitions: (Response LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER) For George, Virgil, Jonaven and Hueston may they be experiencing the joy and peace of heaven ... For the family and friends of George, Virgil, Jonaven and Hueston may they have faith that they will see them again ... For all whose lives have been cut short through violence, may they be at home with the Good Shepherd ... For neighborhoods affected by violence, may peace come to them ... For those who took the lives of George, Virgil, Jonaven and Hueston, may they find both justice and mercy ... For law enforcement personnel who seek to make our city safe often at the risk of their own lives, may they be protected ... For each of us, may we do whatever we can to end the scourge of violence ... Closing Prayer: God of life, source of hope, the violence within our world, our communities, our families, indeed our very selves, is destroying your creation. In union with the Precious Blood of Jesus, give us the strength to break the cycle of violence, To hear the cry of the blood and make sacred again your earth stained by blood. Amen.

Kevin L. Hughes, Inyah Ford and Jajuan Olden

Virtual candle lit for Kevin L. Hughes, Inyah Ford and Jajuan Olden

July 30, 2021

Here we are at the end of July and, once again, we remember the fragility of life experienced through the pandemic of violence. The victims we are holding in prayer are: July 4: KEVIN L. HUGHES, 37, whose shot and burned body was found in a wooded area between N. Riverview Ave. and Wolf Creek July 5: INYAH FORD, 13, an innocent by-stander shot while at a birthday party on Kipling Dr. July 26: JAJUAN OLDEN, 17, whose gun-related death on Rockford Ave. is still being investigated The loss of life must be especially difficult for the family and friends of those who died so young. We remember them and pray for their healing. VIGIL PRAYER Loving God, you are the author and sustainer of life. You know the anguish of the sorrowful, you are attentive to the prayers of the broken-hearted. Hear your people who cry out to you in their need; strengthen their hope in your lasting goodness. SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 40:28-31 Do you not know or have you not heard? The Lord is the eternal God, creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint nor grow weary, and his knowledge is beyond scrutiny. He gives strength to the fainting; for the weak he makes vigor abound. Though the [young] stagger and fall, they that hope in the Lord will renew their strength, they will soar as with eagles’ wings; they will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint. What hope do I find in this passage? PETITIONS: We pray for Kevin, Inyah and JaJuan who met death so suddenly and violently, grant them peace. We pray for their parents, relatives and friends who mourn their deaths, grant them comfort. We pray for the perpetrators of this violence, grant them justice and mercy. We pray for those who work diligently to bring safety and justice to our communities, grant them guidance and protection. We pray for our world which embraces a culture of mistrust, fear, death and disregard for the dignity of all life, grant us all a change of heart. Other prayers ... PRAYER TO END VIOLENCE: God of life, source of hope, the violence within our world, our communities, our families, indeed in our very selves, is destroying your creations. In union with the Precious Blood of Jesus, give us the strength to break the cycle of violence, to hear the cry of the blood, and make sacred again your earth stained by blood. Amen.

LaJuan Black, Mizette Printup, Daniel Burch

Virtual candle lit for LaJuan Black, Mizette Printup, Daniel Burch

July 6, 2021

Last month we remembered: LaJuan Black, 31, shot to death on Wentworth Avenue. The obituary did not contain any family information; funeral was held June 25th. Mizette Printup, 24, died several days after having been shot on Notre Dame Avenue. Daniel Burch, 31, shot to death on Lexington Avenue. The perpetrators in all of these have been found. While we remember the loss of each life and the grieving family members, let us also pray for the men and women investigators who work the cases and who inform/console the family members. PRAYER: Compassionate God, you are the author and sustainer of our lives. You know the anguish of the sorrowful, you are attentive to the prayers of the brokenhearted. Hear your people who cry out to you in their need; strengthen their hope in your lasting goodness. May hate be replaced with love, violence with peace and darkness with your light. Amen. SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 40:6-9; 10-11 A voice says, “Cry out!” I answer, “What shall I cry out?” All humankind is grass and all their glory like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower wilts, when the breath of the Lord blows upon it. [So then, the people is the grass.] Though the grass withers and flor wilts, the word of our God stands forever.” ... Here comes with power the Lord God ... Like a shepherd he feeds his flock; in his arms he gathers the lambs, carrying them in his bosom and leading the ewes with care. PETITIONS: For LaJuan, Mizette, and Daniel who met death so suddenly and violently, may they be at peace. For each of their families and all who grieve their loss, may they find comfort. For the perpetrators, may their hearts be changed and may they know both justice and mercy. For police officers and all who seek to bring safety to our communities, may they be persons of integrity and may they be protected in their service. For an end to violence in our community, our country, our world, may all people come to know one another as brothers and sisters in our common home. We make these prayers trusting in the power and love of God to hear our cries. Amen.

Amy D Yates

Virtual candle lit for Amy D Yates

July 6, 2021

Hey it's James your Best Friend and I'm so sorry your not here with us now and I will always feel so responsible for what happened but I know I will see you again when it's my time to go but the guilt and grief 😔 I have because I feel things I did and said lead to him ending ur life and I'll never forgive myself even though u would want me to but my dream I warned you about was true and I think God showed it to me for a reason but ur always on my mind and in my heart but thank you for 27 years together as my childhood friend and my girlfriend on and off alot we had something special and that will always remain even in heaven and I can't wait to see you again my Blue eyed Angel

Kirby Shoffner, Shanika Bogan, Kameron D. Dewberry, J’Yon Kolby-Lee Manson-Coleman, Wayne Bowman, Jacob Osborne, Bart Adkins and Adrian Cook

Virtual candle lit for Kirby Shoffner, Shanika Bogan, Kameron D. Dewberry, J’Yon Kolby-Lee Manson-Coleman, Wayne Bowman, Jacob Osborne, Bart Adkins and Adrian Cook

May 28, 2021

May has been a tragic month for many families in our community and nation. Let us not become insensitive to the loss of life occurring through local violence and mass shootings throughout our country. Let us remember each brother and sister and all who mourn the loss of their loved ones. Kirby Shoffner, 25, was shot on April 27 on Leland Ave. and taken off life-support on May 1. Shanika Bogan, 31, was murdered by an acquaintance on Uhrig Ave. between 9 pm on April 30 and 5:30 am on May 1. Her two children, ages 10 and 4, were in the home at the time of her death but thankfully did not witness it. Kameron D. Dewberry, 18, was shot multiple times on Hudson Ave./Rustic Rd. by another 18 year-old and died on May 8. He was born in Lima, OH and buried in Lima. His parents reside in Dayton. J’Yon Kolby-Lee Manson-Coleman, 15, was shot to death in Harrison Twp. An article in DDN on May 19 featured great-grandmother Mary Cook who helped raise him. The article expressed her grief and her insight into the cause of violence among youth. J’Yon is survived by his father, grandparents and 7 siblings. Wayne Bowman, 57, was shot to death on Xenia Ave. near S. Keowee St. on May 16. May be “Stand your Ground” situation. Jacob Osborne, 22, was shot to death on Hamilton Ave. Bart Adkins, 61, was stabbed to death near Troy Food Market, May 16; may be self defense. Adrian Cook, 19, was shot to death on May 17 at a gas station on Germantown St.

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