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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Kameron D. O’Berry, Michael L. Brown, Brian Jacobs

Virtual candle lit for Kameron D. O’Berry, Michael L. Brown, Brian Jacobs

April 29, 2021

Throughout the month of March until April 18th we were blessed with no homicides to which we would have responded. Since then three persons have lost their lives to gun violence: April 18th Kameron D. O’Berry, 16 years old; Michael L. Brown, 63 (separate incidents); April 20th, Brian Jacobs, 51. Let us not become insensitive to these acts of violence. Let us remember the pain and sorrow of those who are left behind. Our prayer for this month’s victims was prepared for us by Barbara Mosley of Omega Baptist Church. PRAYER Heavenly Father, we ask today that you bind up the wounds of all who suffer from gun violence. Those who were aggressive in this act (perpetrator(s), 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 governments, for our world leaders, for safety personnel and all authority figures – Make us instruments of your peace. Lastly, your word says in Hebrew 12:14: Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy, without holiness no one will see the Lord. Amen DECREES FOR MY CITY I decree peace within the streets of my city (Deut. 20:10) I decree that every assignment of violence and murder in my city will be broken (Ps. 55:9) I decree that the river of God is flowing in my city (Ps. 46:4) I decree that the voice of the Lord is heard in my city (Ps. 29:3) I decree that the city belongs to Jesus, the great King (Ps. 29:3) I decree that the Lord defends my city (Isa 37:35) I decree that the businesses in my city flourish like the grass of the earth (Ps. 72:16) I decree that the Lord is watching over my city (Ps.127:1) I decree that the Lord shall not forsake my city (Isa. 62:12) I decree that the power of God is released in my city I decree that a multitude of people will be saved in my city (Acts 18:10) I decree that God is the builder and maker of my city (Heb 11:10)

Amy Yates, Andrew Hogan, Marco Rutledge

Virtual candle lit for Amy Yates, Andrew Hogan, Marco Rutledge

February 27, 2021

Amy Yates, 36 years old, was a stabbing victim in a murder-suicide. Her body was found on January 31, approximately a week after her death. Andrew Hogan, 25 years old, was shot to death in an altercation with Trotwood Police. Both an internal investigation and, in the effort to be transparent, another one is being conducted by Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations. Marco Rutledge, 23 years old, was found shot to death in his vehicle on February 13. (February’s prayer was prepared by Sister Marita Beumer.) Today we gather to pray together for our community members who have lost their lives through violence and for their families, friends and our community Let us Pray Loving and Merciful God, we are grateful for your presence here with us and with everyone at all times. We praise you for your faithfulness to us, our families, neighborhoods and world. We ask you to be with the families and friends of Amy, Andrew and De Marco, shielding them in peace and compassion. We beg that we be freed from violence in our hearts, our homes, our neighborhoods as we rely on Your Grace to lead us through these trying times. Be with us at this time of prayer, leading us on this journey to reconciliation. We ask this through Your Holy Spirit in Jesus’ name. AMEN Scripture Reading: Luke 11:29-34 “While still more people gathered in the crowd, Jesus said to them, ‘This generation seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it except the sign of Jonah. Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of God be to this generation. At the judgment the Queen of the south will rise with this generation and she will condemn them because she came from the end of the earth to hear the words of Solomon, and there is something greater than Solomon here. At the judgment the Ninevites will arise with this generation, because of the preaching of Jonah, they repented. And there is something greater than Jonah here.’” Reflection We gather together again, even if it is virtual, as the people of Nineveh, recognizing the loss among us with these homicides as well as the evil that we experience in the world around us. As we reflect on this alone or with others, we ask ourselves: During this Lent, how are we experiencing Jesus’ message and that of Jonah, as a time to move from darkness to new light? What is giving me hope of new life in my family, neighborhood, city, country or world? Petitions and Yours also We Pray to Our Loving God: For Amy, Andrew and De Marco, May the Precious Blood of Jesus purify them and give them Life For the family and friends of Amy, Andrew and De Marco, May the Precious Blood of Jesus heal them and give them strength For this hurting community, for those who have lost loved ones and for all victims of (struggling) For the perpetrators and those engaged in violence, Lord Jesus, through the power of Your Precious Blood open their hearts to You and to a change of life For our police and first responders, May the Precious Blood of Jesus, strengthen them while they are protecting us For all of us here at the Homicide Vigil, our families, our city and our world, and those affected by the pandemic, May the Precious Lord Jesus direct us to be reconcilers, filling us with compassion and peace Pause and Pray Our Father…. 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 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. (Reminder: Annual Memorial Prayer Vigil – Zoom: March 6th 12:00 noon. To register, click here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwocOmgqT4jG9ajRUys-GBFQugmsgGha5iq)

Anjelica Marie Ramey and Jadorian Glass

Virtual candle lit for Anjelica Marie Ramey and Jadorian Glass

January 23, 2021

We have lost two more young persons to violence. Anjelica Marie Ramey, 27 years old and mother of 5, was shot to death on January 11th. Jadorian Glass, 17 was shot to death on Sunday, January 17 while sitting outside after work. Both leave grieving families behind. Please hold them in your prayers.

Trammel Johnson

Virtual candle lit for Trammel Johnson

December 28, 2020

Heavenly Father I come to you in this time of need and ask that you give our family the strength to go on without our loved one and ask that you continue to keep us together in Jesus name I pray amen

William Bruce, Don’O Barksdale, Austin Newell, Trammel Johnson, Jr. and Adam Whited

Virtual candle lit for William Bruce, Don’O Barksdale, Austin Newell, Trammel Johnson, Jr. and Adam Whited

December 18, 2020

In just a week, we will celebrate the coming of Jesus, the light born into the darkness of our world. This year the darkness seems particularly deep as we walk through the Coronavirus and, for us here in the Dayton community, the number of homicides. There are 5 homicides to report to you today. All were the result of gun violence. The victims we remember are: Dec. 4th - William Bruce (age not given); Dec. 9th - Don'O Barksdale, 36, Lori Sue Ave.; Dec. 11th - Austin Newell, 41, Leo St.; Dec. 13th - Trammel Johnson Jr, 17, East Hudson; Dec. 15th - Adam Whited, 42, West Third St. Christmas is meant to be a season of light and of hope for we believe that God so loved the world as to give his only begotten son so that we might have life in all its fullness. And so we join in prayer believing in the Light of Christ, the Hope of the nations. Also remember in your prayers, Br. Jim Facette, SM who died this week. Jim was a gentle presence at many of our vigils. SCRIPTURE PASSAGES: The people who walk in darkness have seen a great light; in a land of deep darkness a light will shine. (Isaiah 9:2) What came to be through [Jesus] was life, and this life was the light of the human race; the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:4 & 5) Live as children of light for light produces every kind of righteousness and truth. (Ephesians 5: 8b) PETITONS: Emmanuel, God with us, remember your word to your servants by which you made us hope. This is our comfort in sorrow that your promises give us life. Hear our prayers. • We pray for William, Don'O, Austin, Trammel, Adam and Richard who met death so suddenly and violently. GRANT THEM PEACE WITH YOU • We pray for their families and all who mourn them. GRANT THEM COMFORT • We pray for the perpetrators. GRANT THEM MERCY AND JUSTICE • We pray for police officers and investigators. GRANT THE WISDOM AND THE ABILITY TO CARRY OUT THEIR DUTIES FAITHFULLY AND COMPASSIONATELY • We pray for our world suffering from this current pandemic and many forms of death and violence. GRANT US HEALING God, who so loved us that you sent your Son to walk among us, look with compassion on your grieving people. Let the darkness that threatens to overwhelm us give way to the LIGHT of your love rejoicing all hearts. May we be people of light to our families and all those whom we encounter during this holy season and the in the year of hope that lies before us. We make this prayer in Jesus name. Amen.

Korena Burney and Tenisha Burdine

Virtual candle lit for Korena Burney and Tenisha Burdine

November 20, 2020

Sadly, we are confronted with 2 more homicides this month. Korena Burney’s body was found in a wooden area near Lakeside Dr. and Lakeview Ave. on Nov. 12th by an RTA driver. The 18-year-old had been shot to death. On Nov. 14, Tenisha Burdine, 30, was found shot to death in the 1100 block of Vernon Dr. According to her cousin who found the body, Tenisha was killed by her husband. She leaves behind 3 children who were in the home at the time of the shooting. We pray for Korena and Tenisha. Daily we are confronted with disquieting news: the Coronavirus crisis, deaths of loved ones, political unrest, racism, wars in various regions of our world and the list goes on. Perhaps it is a special gift to be celebrating Thanksgiving Day/Season. We need a little light, a little time to remember the blessings, the surprises, the good being done by caring, loving people. At the end of each day this week, let us remember one blessing that has come our way and give thanks. Scripture: Revelation 21:3-4 I heard a loud voice from the throne cry out: “This is God’s dwelling among men. He shall dwell with them and they shall be his people and he shall be their God who is always with them. He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes and there shall be no more death or mourning, crying out or pain for the former world has passed away.” Prayers L: Let us remember the family and loved ones of Korena and Tenisha, especially the children. All: We acknowledge their pain and their deep grief. They are part of our community and they need our love and help towards healing. L: Let us remember the perpetrators, their families and the families of all who commit violent crimes. All: We acknowledge that their lives too are devastated and their hopes dashed. For their sake and for ours we remember that pain goes in many directions from each act of violence. L: Let us remember all who have been harmed by violence and lives lost by COVID-19. All: For their sake and for ours, we commit ourselves to building each other up and to healing together. L: Let us remember all those who work to keep our city safe. All: We acknowledge the need for wisdom and courage in their efforts to fulfill their call of service for the good of all. TOGETHER: We stand up to violence. We stand together expressing our unity, our connection to each other and to the Divine who is our hope for healing and for transformation. Let the Spirit of our Creator move through us to heal our communities. Let us begin by transforming ourselves so that we may be instruments of peace and non-violence. We continue in peace and hope. Amen.

Devin Wilson and Robert Brown

Virtual candle lit for Devin Wilson and Robert Brown

November 13, 2020

Devin Wilson, 26, was found shot to death in a car on Shiloh Springs Road on Saturday, November 7th. His death has been ruled a homicide. On Tuesday, November 10th, the body of Robert Brown, 28, was found in a home on Bish Avenue. His mother had spoken to him on the phone just minutes before he was killed. He had been shot to death but investigation continues. We are including him in this month’s prayer. FOR DEVIN WILSON AND ROBERT BROWN (Psalm 23: 1 and 6) The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want... Only goodness and kindness follow me all the day of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for years to come. Lord, we give Devin and Robert back to you. Thank you for the gift of life you gave to them. May they be at peace with you, the loving Shepherd. FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS (Philippians 4:7 KJV) And the peace of God which passeth all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Lord, show the family and friends of Devin and Robert how to cast their worries, concerns and anxieties on you. Wrap them in your heavenly arms so that they may feel your love and be at peace. Lord, we pray that, as we continue to intercede on the behalf of others, we be reminded of your loving care for all who suffer the loss of loved ones, especially victims of violence. FOR THE PERPETRATORS (Wisdom 11: 22-26) But you have mercy on all... and you overlook sins for the sake of repentance. For you love all things that are and loathe nothing you have made; for you would not fashion what you hate... You spare all things because they are yours, O Ruler and Lover of souls. Lord, we know it is not your desire that anyone should perish but that all should come to know your saving grace. We lift up a prayer for the perpetrators for your mercy is great unto the heavens. Help, O Lord, and redeem for the sake of justice and mercy. CLOSING: Lord, we pray that those who lost Devin and Robert won’t be consumed with unforgiveness and anger. May they live the best life you intend for them to live here on earth. We pray that they will be able to focus on the good times and rest in their memories of Devin and Robert. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

Amber Smith

Virtual candle lit for Amber Smith

November 6, 2020

Tragically, 25-year-old Amber Smith died violently on November 1st. She had requested that Eric Humphries, the father of their two small children, get milk for the kids. According to court records he became agitated and stabbed her multiple times. Mr. Humphries has been charged with her death. Now two small children are without mother or father. May our hearts and prayers go out to the children and all those affected by Amber’s death. This month we thank Chelsea Millard from The Potter’s House for preparing our prayer. FOR AMBER (Psalm 23: 1 and 6) The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want... Only goodness and kindness follow me all the day of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for years to come. Lord, we give Amber back to you. Thank you for the gift of her life. May she be at peace with you, the loving Shepherd. May her memory live on in the lives of her children. Bless them and those who now care for them. FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS (Philippians 4:7 KJV) And the peace of God which passeth all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Lord, show Amber’s family and friends how to cast their worries, concerns and anxieties on you. Wrap them in your heavenly arms so that they may feel your love and be at peace. Lord, we pray, that as we continue to intercede on the behalf of others, we be reminded of your loving care for all who suffer the loss of loved ones, especially victims of violence. FOR THE PERPETRATOR (Wisdom 11: 22-26) But you have mercy on all... and you overlook sins for the sake of repentance. For you love all things that are and loathe nothing you have made; for you would not fashion what you hate... You spare all things because they are yours, O Ruler and Lover of souls. Lord, we know it is not your desire that anyone should perish but that all should come to know your saving grace. We lift up a prayer for the perpetrator for your mercy is great unto the heavens. Help, O Lord, and redeem for the sake of justice and mercy. CLOSING: Lord, we pray that those who lost Amber won’t be consumed with unforgiveness and anger. May they live the best life you intend for them to live here on earth. We pray that they will be able to focus on the good times and rest in their memories of Amber. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

Marlon Lewis

Virtual candle lit for Marlon Lewis

October 23, 2020

Marlon Lewis, 24, was shot to death in the 500 block of Whitmore Ave. on Sat., Oct. 17th. No further details nor an obituary are available at this time. The list of homicide victims continues to grow even as we are confronted with over 200,000 deaths due to the coronavirus. Let us not become insensitive to any death. Behind each one are family members, friends, and co-workers who are left with an empty place in their hearts. Life is precious. Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 1: 13-18 (From the Catholic/Ecumenical edition of THE MESSAGE, a contemporary rendering of the Bible) Regarding the question, friends, that has come up about what happens to those already dead and buried, we don’t want you in the dark any longer. First off, you must not carry on over them like people who have nothing to look forward to, as if the grave were the last word. Since Jesus died and broke loose from the grave, God will certainly bring back to life those who died in Jesus. And then this: we can tell you with complete confidence – we have the Lord’s word on it – that when the Lord comes again to get us, those of us who are still alive will not get a jump on the dead and leave them behind. In actual fact, they will be ahead of us ... Then the rest of us who are still alive at the time will be caught up with them into the clouds to meet the Master. Oh, we’ll be walking on air! And then there will be one huge family reunion with the Master. So reassure one another with these words. PETITIONS Let us remember Marlon, his family, loved ones and all victims of violence. We acknowledge their pain and deep grief. They are a part of our human community and they need our love and help towards healing. Let us remember those who perpetuate violence and their families who also suffer. We acknowledge the need for both justice and mercy. Let us remember all those who work to keep our city safe. We acknowledge their need for wisdom and courage in their efforts to fulfill their call of service for the good of all. Additional personal prayers ... Lord, hear our prayer. God of life, source of hope, the violence within our world, our communities, our families, indeed our very selves, is destroying your creation. Make still the restless spirit within each of us that is self-seeking. Stir within our hearts a renewed spirit of reverence, respect and reconciliation. In union with the Precious Blood of Jesus give us the strength and courage to break the cycle of violence by realizing that peace begins with each of us. Make us instruments of that peace. Amen.

Zyi’Air Sherrer, Kato D. Knight and Todd Gomez

Virtual candle lit for Zyi’Air Sherrer, Kato D. Knight and Todd Gomez

October 8, 2020

This week we are remembering 3 men who died of gunshot wounds: September 22: Zyi’Air Sherrer, 18, Fountainhead Apartments in Harrison Twp., 5600 block of N. Main St. Zyi’Air’s funeral was held on September 28. The obituary did not contain any information regarding his family. An arrest has been made. October 4: Kato D. Knight, 25, 3920 Necco Avenue. Still under investigation. October 5: Todd Gomez, 46, body found by Dayton Waste collection workers at intersection of Standford Place and Harold Drive. This also remains under investigation. In the midst of violence around our country, we are mindful of the violence within our own community. We remember these men and, while we do not yet gather at the site of their deaths, we hold them and all who mourn them in our prayers. SCRIPTURE: John 35:11 (from the raising of Lazarus) Jesus began to weep… REFLECTION: “Weeping signals that it is time to change things in life because for someone, somehow, life has become unmanageable. ‘Though all afflictions are evil in themselves, yet they are good for us because they discover to us our disease and tend to our cure,’ John Tillotson, a 17th century Archbishop of Canterbury writer. Without our tears, we have no hope of healing because we do not begin to confront the anguish.” (From Sr. Joan Chittister, National Catholic Reporter, NCR Online, 10-8-20) How does this reflection speak to me in our violent times? PRAYER: God of the sorrowing, we pray for the families and friends of Zyi’Air, Kato and Todd who have been touched by violence. 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 each of these men 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 the courage and strength to confront the violence that seeks to destroy families and communities. Show your justice and mercy to those who caused the violence. Be with those who guard our communities that they may serve safely and with compassion. We make this prayer trusting in the power of Jesus Precious Blood to bring healing to our world. Amen

Jarvis Collins

Virtual candle lit for Jarvis Collins

October 3, 2020

The body of Jarvis Collins, 36, was found on the Great Miami River Trail in Harrison Twp. on September 17th. It is possible that his body was dumped there after he was fatally shot. His funeral was held on September 30th. We hold him and all those who knew and loved him in our prayers. SCRIPTURE: Isiah 40: 28-29; 31 Do you not know or have you not heard? The Lord is an 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… They that hope in the Lord will renew their strength; they will soar with eagles’ wings. They will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint. PETITIONS: Lord, hear our prayer. • For Jarvis Collins, killed needlessly, we ask for peace Lord ... • For his family and friends, we pray that you heal their grief Lord ... • For the perpetrators that they will know both justice and mercy Lord ... • For our world experiencing so much loss and grief because of violence and the Coronavirus Lord ... • For those who work for our safety and well-being as essential workers, first responders and those behind the scenes who fulfill so many needs Lord ... • For those most in need of our prayers whoever and wherever they may be Lord ... PRAYER: God of life, every act of violence in our world, in our communities, against others destroys a part of your creation. Stir in our hearts a renewed sense of reverence for all life. Give us the vision to recognize your Spirit in every human being. Make possible the impossible by cultivating in us the fertile seed of healing love. May we play our part in breaking the cycle of violence by realizing that peace begins with each of us. Amen.

LaVar Bagley, Sr.

Virtual candle lit for LaVar Bagley, Sr.

September 20, 2020

On September 11, LaVar Bagley, Sr. died of gunshot wounds sustained in the parking lot of Napoleon’s Palace on Germantown Pike. LaVar was a cousin to one of our prayer leaders, Chelsea Millard. According to his obituary LaVar “was many things to many people.” Words used to describe him include: a blessing, a leader, funny, confident, handsome, our love and everything. He was honored as a brother, a father, a Paw Paw who leaves behind his “best friend, [his] loving and eternally devoted mother,” along with other family members, relatives and friends. His funeral was held on September 17th at First Baptist Church of Richwood Heights. We hold him and his loved ones in our prayers. SCRIPTURE Matthew 24: 36; 42; 43&44 As for the exact day or hour, no one knows it neither the angels in heaven nor the Son, but the Father only. … Stay awake, therefore! You cannot know the day your Lord is coming. Be sure of this: if the owner of the house knew when the thief was coming he would keep a watchful eye and not allow his house to be broken into. PETITIONS: Response: LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER • For LaVar that he may be experiencing the peace and joy of heaven, we pray ... • For the family and friends of LaVar. May they may have faith that they will see him again, we pray ... • For the person who took LaVar’s life that he may know both justice and mercy, we pray ... • For law enforcement personnel who seek to make our city safe often at the risk of their own lives, we pray ... • For each of us that we may do whatever we can to end the scourge of violence, we pray ... Closing Prayer: (Together) God of life, source of hope, the violence within our world, our communities, our families, indeed our very selves is destroying your creation. Make still the restless spirit within me that is self-seeking. Stir within our hearts a renewed Spirit of reverence, respect and reconciliation. In union with the Precious Blood of Jesus, give me the strength to break the cycle of violence by realizing that peace begins with each of us. Amen.

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