Vigil held for Camden's murder victims
CAMDEN, N.J. - December 28, 2012 -- Camden has had a record-breaking year when it comes to murders and for 60 hours people are coming together to pray for change.
Outside of Camden City Hall is a collection of small wooden crosses bearing the names of the city's 67 homicide victims.
College student Shawn Carr took it in, saying his beleaguered hometown needs jobs.
"It could help the violence, it could help people in actually getting off the streets," said Carr.
A few blocks away at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, a prayer vigil to remember each victim.
The hope is that this showing of faith, in its 17th year, will convince those weary of this year's record death toll to seek peace.
Nancy Jerome says she is frustrated with the escalating murder rate.
"It just seems to get greater and greater. The fact we had so many this year, there is no respect for each other," said Jerome.
Montika Lowe's daughter Qua'Nyrah Houston is not on the official murder list but is being remembered as one of two people who perished in a suspicious fire.
Lowe is grateful for this vigil and sick of the culture of murder.
"We're just so busy fighting each other, it's crazy, and killing each other. There's always a lot of innocent ones caught in the middle of this," said Lowe.
Organizers say the vigil goes until 11:00 p.m. Friday and will continue Saturday and Sunday from 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. and on Monday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
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