Thursday evening, a group of Raleigh citizens gathered to hold a vigil against violence. It comes after a stark rise in homicides in 2008, and was held in remembrance of the 34 victims and the impact on the community. The vigil took place at 5 p.m. in Nash Square, across from city hall. Prayers were held and the names of the victims were read in reverence as a community came together to speak out against the violence. It was hosted by the Triangle Interfaith Alliance, who hosts vigils throughout the city.
“Violence has had a huge impact on our community. It makes people fear uncertainty, distrust, anxiety. They bring people together.”
“This is one small way of saying I don’t want violence for myself, for my children, for my city. This helps us raise awareness through the media”
“(These vigils help us) talk about things, come to an understanding”
“We believe in the sanctity of life, that we are all connected. A loss of life is a loss for all of us. The importance of these vigils is many layered: A visual image, a spiritual witness, and helps us support each other.”
“These people’s lives are lost, not forgotten. This is for victims, families, and the perpetrators. We don’t think the people who commit these acts need to be discarded.”