A community prayer vigil was held Wednesday on the Carrico Park Square in Russellville, to pray for all those who were involved in a tragic event that played out this week in our small community. By Tuesday afternoon one man was left dead and two others wounded, with those living and working here in disbelief.
When details began emerging from the Kentucky State Police, it was reported that Joseph Harris had walked up to a car driven by former girlfriend Amanda Harper and shot her while in the drive-thru at McDonald’s. Harris was later killed by the Russellville Police as he brandished a gun toward them when approached. During the incident Vanna Krang, an innocent bystander, was also shot while in his place of business. Both victims are listed in stable condition.
After hearing of the events, Tom Thompson, pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Russellville, like most of the community was in awe.
“I heard the sirens when I came into town to run some errands, I thought maybe it was a car accident. But when I got to the Carpenter Center I was told what had happened and I was speechless,” said Thompson. “What could have caused something like this? I believe it’s because our mind, body and spirit is not where it should be. It seems like we are losing touch on what life is all about.”
Thompson felt the community needed to gather together and pray. Pray for those involved, their families and each other. Getting together with the ministerial association and his church, Thompson quickly organized a prayer vigil to be held Wednesday, March 16 on the square in Russellville. He hoped the word would get out and people would come, which they did.
Over 50 attended the vigil, many prayed and songs of inspiration were sung. People held hands and linked hearts for lost life, grieving families and healing. It was a touching and spiritual moment. A time where God was sought, and His mercy asked for.
Russellville Mayor Mark Stratton spoke and through his emotion told of how close our community is, and how we care for one another especially in times such as this.
“Someone asked me if I thought this would divide our community,” said Stratton. “I said no, not at all. We all pull together because we all love one another and love God. This will make us stronger.”
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