Community invited to prayer event following fatal shootings

Published 10:18 am Wednesday, July 8, 2015

In response to the recent fatal shootings, a group will come together Thursday night in an effort to meet the spiritual needs of the community.

“This is so much deeper than what’s being said,” Rev. Phillip Sterling, organizer of the event, said. “I’m a former law enforcement officer with ties to the community. This is not just the black community.”

The event will be held at Alexander Junior High School at 6:30 p.m.

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“This has and is going to continue to affect the entire city,” Sterling said. “We can’t afford to sit back.”

Sterling said his decision to organize the event was made because of the innocence of Bridget Hall, 43, a woman shot to death in her home Monday night.

“She was innocent in this,” he said. “Everyone thinks they’re safe in their home, but she though she was safe.”

Sterling said they have no plans other than to provide the spiritual guidance people need, whether it’s testimonies, prayer or counseling.

“We’re going to allow the Lord to lead,” he said.

Sterling said it will take the involvement of the whole community to make a difference in this issue. He said the police department can’t watch 10,000 people.

“If you’re living in Brookhaven, you’re already a part of this,” Sterling said. “I’ll use the verse 1 Corinthians 3:6: I’ll plant the seed, but I can’t make it grow.”

Hall’s death on Vivian Merritt Street came just one day after Kelcay Anthony Humprey, 25, died Sunday night following a shooting at Cloverdale No. 73.