Newport Church Holds Community Prayer After Police Officer Killed


NEWPORT, Ark. – Many are still mourning in Jackson County and they came together for a community prayer Wednesday. This comes after Newport Police Officer Lt. Patrick Weatherford was killed in the line of duty Monday night. 

Friends, co-workers, and others came to the Central Baptist Church Newport Campus to pray. They prayed for Lt. Weatherford, his family, law enforcement officers, and even prayed for the suspect charged with his murder. 

Dozens gathered together grieving The loss of Newport Police Officer Lt. Patrick Weatherford. 

Central Baptist Church Newport Campus Teaching Pastor Jarred Elliott lead the prayer. He says it’s been a hard few days for the community. 

“It’s incredibly heavy. A lot of tears,” said Elliot. 

A number of law enforcement officers attended the service. Many clearly emotional. They were on their knees in prayer with their brothers and sisters in blue. 

“One thing that keeps them going is that we have each other’s back and that’s just the way it is,” said Jackson County Sheriff David Lucas. 

The church is where Jackson County Sheriff David Lucas attends each Sunday and the place he’s finding some comfort in the loss of Lt. Weatherford. 

“It’s overwhelming,” said Sheriff Lucas. 

At the end of the service, Pastor Elliott prays for Tyler Calamese, the 18-year-old charged for killing Lt. Weatherford. 

The community giving many hugs, sharing tears, and finding comfort in a higher power. 

“I just want everyone to keep Jackson County and the Newport police department and Patrick Weatherford’s family in their prayers,” said Sheriff Lucas. 

During the prayer the pastor prayed for each and every law enforcement agency that came to help the night Lt. Weatherford died. 


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