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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Chendo Lamont (BJ) Burford, Juan Moore, Lesha Owens, Turell Justice and Anthony Render

Virtual candle lit for Chendo Lamont (BJ) Burford, Juan Moore, Lesha Owens, Turell Justice and Anthony Render

March 31, 2022

As March ends, we remember 5 persons whose lives ended by gun violence during this month. March 2, Chendo Lamont (BJ) Burford, 26; March 3, Juan Moore, 25; March 6, Lesha Owens, 24 and Turell Justice, 35 (both shot at a traffic light); Anthony Render, 47 (shot on the 26th and died on the 28th). We hold them, their loved ones and all victim of violence – including those in Ukraine in our thoughts and prayers. (Prayer & Scripture, Barbara Mosley, Omega Baptist) PRAYER: Heavenly Father, we ask today that you bind up the wounds of all who suffer from gun violence: those who were aggressive in these acts (perpetrators), those left alone to grieve, and those who struggle to get through one more day. We realize that every moment of our brief life is known by you! For our loved ones, for our neighbors, for strangers and those known to you – make us instruments of your peace. For our government, for our world leaders, for safety personnel and all authority figures – make us instruments of your peace. Lastly, your word in Hebrews 12:14 [reminds us]: Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. Amen. SCRIPTURE The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my Savior, my God, my rock in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the strength of my salvation, my stronghold. But in my distress I cried out to the Lord; yes, I prayed to my God for help, He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry reached his ears. (Psalm 18:26-27, NIV translation) REFLECTION: What phrase in this Psalm speaks to me as if I were a parent, a spouse, a sibling, a friend who lost one of these victims (or a loved one in Ukraine) to violence? Pray the Psalm again with the mind/heart of that person. RECONCILIATION PRAYER (Sister Carol Orf, CPPS – O’Fallon) God, teach us to live the Gospel of Reconciliation… Where there is hurt, We encourage forgiveness, not revenge Where there is brokenness, We seek healing, not division. In times of distress, We promote harmony, not discord. In this world, We desire to live as friends, not enemies. And to be Reconciliation, We live a life of humility, not arrogance. We seek this gift in the name of Jesus, Who suffered and died so that “all may be one.”

Destiny Davis

Virtual candle lit for Destiny Davis

March 1, 2022

During the month of February we lost one person to homicidal violence: Destiny Davis, 19. She leaves one son and many grieving family members. Destiny's funeral was held in Lima, Ohio, though she and some family have been living here in Dayton. She will be remembered during our ANNUAL MEMORIAL this coming Saturday, March 5th on Facebook Live beginning at 12:00 noon. The service will be coming from the chapel of the Sisters of the Precious Blood (Salem Heights). Joining in our memorial will be members from the World House Choir. Please join us on Facebook.com/CHPVDayton and invite others to pray with us for homicide victims from March 2021 to March 5th of 2022.

Johnny A. Fleming, Darryl Dean, Marty Powers, Emily Warrell, Brandon Cooper

Virtual candle lit for Johnny A. Fleming, Darryl Dean, Marty Powers, Emily Warrell, Brandon Cooper

February 1, 2022

At the end of December we reported no homicides. However 2 deaths had occurred in Trotwood on December 16th — that of Trinity Elam, 3, and her father. An ongoing investigation was initiated. The coroner ruled their shooting deaths as a murder/suicide (DDN, 1-29-22). We can only imagine the grief the family continues to experience. As the month of January ends so have the lives of the following persons: January 2: Johnny A. Fleming, 43, killed in the area of Sumac Ct. and Majestic Dr. January 4: Darryl Dean, 62 and Marty Powers, 29 on Randolph St. near Lakeview. January 13: Emily Warrell, 40, Patterson near Stewart, being investigated as homicide. January 26: Brandon Cooper, 35, Lyft driver, shot to death in his car on Ferguson Ave. Let us pray for each of them as well as their families, friends, and all who loved them. SPECIAL NOTE: Our annual memorial prayer service for victims and families will be held on Facebook Live, Saturday, March 5th beginning at 12:00 noon. It will be hosted at Salem Heights, central house of the Sisters of the Precious Blood. Joining in the remembrance will be members of the World House Choir. Please mark your calendars and join us at: Facebook.com/CHPVDayton PRAYER: God of the sorrowing, we pray for family and friends of Trinity Elam, Johnny Fleming, Darryl Dean, Marty Powers and Brandon Cooper. May you wipe away the tears from their eyes. May they be comforted by the fact that nothing can separate them from your love. For each victim death came as a thief in the night. We trust that they are now experiencing new life in your kingdom. From these tragic deaths may we find the courage to overcome the violence that seeks to destroy families and neighborhoods. We make this prayer trusting in the power of Jesus’ Precious Blood shed for all humankind. Amen. SCRIPTURE: Lamentations 3: 22-24. 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. REFLECTION: What word or phrase most speaks to me? PERSONAL PRAYER FOR: VICTIMS, FAMILIES/ LOVED ONES, PERPETRATORS, POLICE, NEIGHBORHOODS, AND AN END TO ALL FORMS OF VIOLENCE THROUGHOUT OUR WORLD. LORD, MAKE US INSTRUMENTS OF YOUR PEACE

Let us be grateful for all those departments and personnel who make it a priority to keep us safe

Virtual candle lit for Let us be grateful for all those departments and personnel who make it a priority to keep us safe

January 4, 2022

Gratefully there have not been any official homicide rulings this last month of 2021. From January 2021 to December 31, 2021, we have had a total of 35 homicides in Dayton proper, Trotwood, Harrison and Jefferson Townships. There were 52 reported during that period of 2020. Unlike many cities, our local communities have seen a decrease. Let us be grateful for all those departments and personnel who make it a priority to keep us safe. Sadly, as of January 2, one homicide has occurred. During a prayer service held by our Sisters on December 31, the following reflection was a reminder of how Christmas continues. The work of Christmas begins: When the carols have been stilled, When the star-topped tree is taken down, When family and friends are gone home, When we are back to our schedules. The work of Christmas begins: To welcome the refugee, To heal a broken planet, To feed the hungry, To build bridges of trust, not walls of fear, To share our gifts, To seek justice and peace for all people, To bring Christ's light to the world. May Christmas be in our hearts and lives throughout this New Year!

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.

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