Durham organizations hold vigil for 2018 murder victims

Durham County News

DURHAM, N.D. (WNCN) – Thursday night, people came together in Durham to call for peace. 

The Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham and the Durham chapter of Parents of Murdered Children hosted the Vigil Against Violence at Shepherd’s House United Methodist Church. 

The vigil recognized 34 people killed last year. According to organizers, most of the people were shot. 

Some cases, like Jacob Secor, remain unsolved. 

Secor, 24, was killed near his Durham apartment in September 2018.

“It still hurts really bad to not have any answers,” Secor’s sister, Ashley Bower, said. “It’s just unreal to me.” 

Bower said her brother was full of life, positivity, and had a big heart. 

“He shouldn’t have been taken from us like this, or the world like this,” she said. 

Thursday night, she saw her brother’s name with others on a quilt and heard it mentioned with others throughout the church. Nearly three dozen people were honored. 

Bower feels the gathering can bring comfort to her and others. 

“This sort of loss isn’t like any other loss,” she said. “It’s hard to relate to other people, they don’t understand.”

For Bower, she and her family will continue looking for answers while raising awareness to end violence. 

“You need to stop before you take a life,” Bower said. “You need to think about how many people that you’re going to hurt by just hurting that one person, by killing that one person.”

If you have any information on this case, you’re asked to contact Durham Police at (919) 560-4440, ext. 29322 or CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves. 

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