Pastors pray for St. Charles parish community after week of violence

KILLONA, Louisiana (WGNO) – Using the power of prayer, spiritual leaders at St. Charles Parish advocate for peace.

“Our hope for this community is holistic healing, mind, body and spirit. This is what we want for this community, to be able to heal and come together again in a spirit of unity and peace, ”said Clarence Mollarie, president of the Second District Missionary Baptist Association of Louisiana Incorporated.

Several pastors gathered for a prayer service outside Scott’s convenience store in Killona, ​​where five people were gunned down last week. Darzil “Zelly” Washington, 29, was killed in the shooting.

“It was real, real, very hard. You know I have my days and my times, you know I have good days, I have bad days. You know, when I’m alone I normally break down, ”said Frederic Downing, Zelly’s father.

Violence in st. Charles Parish did not stop at Killona. Early Monday morning, Lionel Fiffie, 66, was shot and killed on Smith Street in Hahnville. The St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Laron Toney Jr., 21, for the murder. However, the suspects behind the Washington murder are still at large.

“I’ve never seen that in my life. Not in this area here. I hope it can end somewhere, you know, but this generation is a whole different generation, you know? No respect for the elders. , no respect for anyone, ”Downing said.

Hoping to inspire positive change in the community, pastors have created a “circle of unity” in the very spot where Washington was killed. Holding hands and tilting their heads, the pastors prayed for those close to Washington and the parish community of St. Charles.

We contacted the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office regarding the recent violence in the area.
They provided us with this statement which reads in part:

“All violence is tragic. One of the number one goals of the men and women of the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office is to protect life. We do our best with every patrol mission, investigation and any other function within the sheriff’s office to fight crime. We implore our citizens, work together to turn violent situations into peaceful resolutions and bring violent criminals to justice. “

MPs are asking anyone with information about last week’s shooting in Killona to come forward and they say you can remain anonymous.

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