GARY, Ind. (TOC) — A prayer vigil at True Religion Church in Gary Wednesday memorialized Laurence Mangum, who was shot and killed in a mass taking pictures at a block get together final week.”Tonight we grieve in Gary like in Highland Park,” mentioned Bishop Tavis Grant.Mangum was at a block get together in Gary the place seven folks had been injured and three folks, together with him and a cousin of Mayor Jerome Prince, had been killed.
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The taking pictures occurred about 12:45 a.m. Tuesday, July 5, throughout an Independence Day block get together in a residential neighborhood. Cops arrived to search out the three taking pictures victims unresponsive.
“Laurence was my protector,” mentioned Charice Moody, fiancee. “He’ll shield me from heaven, so I’ve nothing to fret about.”True Religion Church was the place his household mentioned Mangum met his first loves of rhythm and religion.
“If he could not sit within the church the place he might see the drummer, he would act up,” mentioned Gail Mangum, grandmother.
His household mentioned Mangum grew into an achieved musician, taking part in at church buildings all through Northwest Indiana.
“He touched loads of lives via that and I thank God for everybody that is gathered for him at present,” Gail Mangum mentioned.
Bishop Grant, with the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, knew Mangum from his three many years as a pastor within the space.”Laurence shedding his life so younger and so treasured has left a void in our group,” he mentioned.
The Gary Frequent Council additionally held a public security assembly Wednesday nights, with leaders and residents demanding a plan to handle the rise in violence.
“This nation and this group is experiencing an epidemic in violence, and that is evident by all the things that we see right here regionally,” one resident mentioned.
Simply this Monday, not even every week after Mangum was killed, Gary police mentioned 4 folks had been shot inside minutes in three separate, focused incidents.
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