Interfaith Vigil and Lie-In set for May 20 in Downtown Statesville

Posted at 3:20 PM on May 15, 2019


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An Interfaith Vigil and Lie-In for Victims of Gun Violence will be held in Statesville on Monday, May 20, at 12 noon on the front lawn of the Iredell County Government Building, 200 South Center Street.

Statesville pastor Rev. Steve Shoemaker said the purpose of the service is to honor and remember the UNCC students and Mooresville police officer who were recently killed in separate shootings.

“It is a call for common sense gun reform to help keep guns out of the hands of dangerous persons,” he explained. “We will also mourn the deaths of other school children killed in mass shootings and the deaths of Christians, Muslims and Jews at worship."

In addition to prayers and remarks from community religious leaders, participants will honor those who have been killed by gun violence by lying down for three minutes to symbolize the ease with which dangerous persons can buy guns.

"This was the time it took for the killer of the 32 Virginia Tech students to buy his weapon in 2007,” Shoemaker said.

The public is invited to attend and participate by their presence and their prayers. The service is expected to last 30 minutes.

Shoemaker, pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Statesville, said leaders from other denominations and faiths are participating in the vigil.


For more information, contact Shoemaker at 704-591-0192 or

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