Faith-based organizations hold vigils for recent shooting victims

TOPEKA (KSNT) — The city of Topeka continues to grapple with the recent shootings across the capital city.

A vigil was held Monday night for one recent victim Clyde Cross Cannon.

Cannon was found dead in a Motel 6 hotel room on Wanamaker last Thursday. Police say he was involved in a family altercation with his brother when he was shot.

Faith-based organizations, and community leaders held a vigil in his honor.

But this gathering is not just about Cannon. The bigger picture, putting a stop to the gun violence in Topeka.

“Faith communities are also involved in the issue, because they have been silent for far too long,” says Dennis Dobson with the Topeka Center for Peace and Justice.

And now those communities are speaking out. Drawing attention to the outbreak of gun violence that has been occurring in the last two weeks, and its victims in the past two weeks.

“We want to resist apathy because when we stop being vocal about things, when we start closing doors and staying inside, that makes it such as those who perpetrate these things to have a free access to do what they are doing,” says Dobson.

‘Heeding Gods Call’, organization leaders say is behind the vigils. Monday night it was about Clyde Cross Cannon.

Last week, the national organization honored Lily Coats-Nichols. The five-year-old shot two weeks ago, and taken off life support three days later.

“I think it is just tragic,” said Rev. Dr. Jim McCullough with the Topeka Center for Peace and Justice. “I think it is so sad. We’ve lost a little child. And we have lost people that all have families, they all have loved ones.”

Since the recent shootings in the Hi-Crest neighborhood police have increased their patrols.

“Just seeing the cars around knowing that they are protecting us, and are here to protect us and to watch over this neighborhood. Just knowing that makes the neighborhood feel safer,” says Hi-Crest resident Wanda Rodgers.

While police officers are doing their job to protect the neighborhood. Faith-based leaders in community members that live in Hi-Crest say it’s time that they do theirs.

“First get to know your neighbors, and secondly you get to know what their character is like. If somebody is doing something then you work on changing it,” says Rodgers.

“Heeding Gods Call” will hold another vigil Tuesday night for the man who was shot and killed in Hi-Crest Saturday. That vigil will be held at the Southern Hill Mennonite Church.

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