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Durham families gather to honor city's murder victims

Posted December 8, 2016

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— The Religious Coalition for a Non-Violent Durham gathered at Shepherd’s House United Methodist Church Thursday night to read the names of victims who were murdered in the city of Durham.

Of the seven names read, one was Donald Fields Senior.

“It had been a terrible tragedy. It has been a shock. It’s still a shock,” said Alexander Fields, the victim’s brother.

The shock came back in June. An argument over a television set ended with Fields being stabbed to death by his son.

Jacqueline Matthews and Alexander Fields are the victim's siblings.

“We have to stop this killing,” Alexander Fields.

“They can’t imagine what we are going through, but they are here,” Jacqueline Matthews said.

Ruthy Jones is with the Religious Coalition for a Non-violent Durham, the coalition who organized the vigil.

“When a homicide like this happens, families are devastated and torn apart,” Jones said.

Jones said she doesn't know how to make that stop, but she wants to offer support.

“I believe that it makes a difference when people come together and put their arms around people they don’t know and say we care,” Jones.

She said for some families, a vigil can offer some peace.

“Just to let them know they are praying for us, that means everything,” Jacqueline Matthews said.

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