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Vigil Against Homicides Held in Durham

Posted July 8, 2000 7:00 a.m. EDT

— The number of homicides is on the rise this year in Raleigh and Durham.

Now police, along with civil and religious leaders in Durham, want to address the problem publicly.

Approximately 100 people met on the steps of the old Durham County Courthouse to pray for victims and their community Sunday afternoon.

One who spoke was a little 8-year-old girl who prayed for her mother. Another was the mother of one of this year's murder victims.

Durham Police Chief Teresa Chambers recounted how the victims died: 13 were slain by firearms, two were strangled, one was stabbed and another was beaten to death.

Patricia Dixon, whose son was murdered, said the crimes touch so many lives, including everyone who lives in the area.

The city has scheduled four more meetings. On July 15th the public is invited to Lyon Park at 10 a.m. Or you can attend a meeting at Hillside High School on the same day and time.

July 25 at 6 p.m. there will be a town meeting in the Herald-Sun community room. At that time, there will also be a meeting at Campus Hills Park.