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‘In your honor’ banquet Thursday night for families of victims killed over Memorial Day weekend

A banquet dinner to honor the eight victims killed in Lincoln County over the Memorial Day weekend is set for Thursday night, and will feature Dove Award nominated singer Vicki Yoh’e.

“We’re calling it the ‘In Your Honor’ banquet,” said Pat Butler, a law enforcement chaplain with the McComb Police Department and the Pike County Sheriff’s Office.

“Anytime there is a line of duty death, we present plaques to the family members of that fallen officer. Due to the nature of his death and how many others that were affected by it, I felt like it would be nice if we could do something on behalf of all families,” Butler said.

Butler got in touch with Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing and shared with him certain ideas about putting on a banquet.

It will be a praise and worship banquet dinner. Yoh’e, a nationally-known recording artist, will be performing. Yoh’e is best known for the songs “The Mercy Seat” and “Because of Who You Are” — for which she received a Dove Award nomination.

“She was very excited about coming,” said Butler. “We’re all excited to do something on behalf of all of these families.”

There will also be a special performance by The Expressions of Praise Dance Ministry.

The event will take place at Easthaven Baptist Church on Hwy. 84. It starts at 6 p.m.

Each family of the victims was asked to invite up to 20 people, Butler said. Law enforcement officers were also invited to attend.

Butler said the public can attend to hear Yoh’e but won’t participate in the dinner. Seating for the public will be limited, if any, Butler said.

A love offering will be taken that will go toward a monument for the eight victims, Butler said.