Faith leaders host vigil in Pine Bluff as homicides total 11 for the year

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People in Pine Bluff gathered on Friday night to sing, pray and preach — hoping things get better in a city that has seen 11 homicides so far this year.

“It’s really an urgent matter because we’ve lost 11 people,” Rev. Jesse Turner says.

Tucker was one of several organizers for Friday’s vigil, which was held at the Barraque Street Baptist Church.

Posters listing names of homicide victims dating back to 2006 were on display near the church pulpit.

“It’s time to stop standing in the shadows. It’s time for the clergy to speak up,” Turner says.

Family members of victims joined the service and were covered in prayer.

The event also paid tribute to two young men who were killed just down the road from the church, 22 years ago on Easter Sunday in 1997.

Organizers emphasized the issues that come with “senseless violence” and pleaded for people’s help.

Crime prevention is number one. People have to feel safe,” Turner says.

“There are things happening to try and straighten this out.”

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