JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Many families have been affected by violence this year in the Capital City. In response, Jackson’s Police chief hosted a prayer vigil.
The message was clear, there is no greater weapon against violence and no greater source of hope than prayer.
Over thirty citizens from several local churches and the community joined with members of the Jackson Police Department in a prayer vigil inside JPD headquarters Thursday.
“I’m asking GOD to intervene.” Those were the words that Jackson Police Chief used before the vigil started.
In his opening remarks, Chief James Davis thanked those present for their efforts to come together as a community and for their concern regarding the increase in violence this year.
“This is why we’re here today. That’s why I asked all you ministers. Everybody. Police officers and pastors. This is a day all about GOD,” he said to the people in front of him.
The vigil comes just days after the city's most recent homicide on Christmas Eve.
“We have had 83 homicides here in Jackson. People are broken and I don’t want that to be the norm,” he said.
35-year-old Richard Helom, Jr. was shot to death after a verbal altercation at a Jackson barbershop. 34-year-old Don Brown is now charged with his murder.
Helom was the 6th person to lose their life in the capital city in the month of December.
“I pray for families. I pray for the mothers, the fathers, the grandmothers, the god parents, the aunts and uncles,” said the chaplan for the Jackson Police Department.
Only words of comfort, unity and hope were expressed throughout the prayer gathering, all in the hopes that peace will return to the city of Jackson.
Before the vigil ended one minister had one final request.
“We ask God that the city of Jackson be known as a city of peace. That cities all over American will wonder what’s happened to Jackson, Mississippi,” he said with hands raised in the air.