FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – More than 200 people gathered Monday at a vigil remembering a Fayetteville man police said was beaten to death Sunday morning.
Mike Mansfield was described at the vigil as one not afraid to share his faith, and also as a friend and savior of the community.
According to a preliminary investigation, Mansfield and two men fought while in a restaurant parking lot. Mansfield suffered serious injuries and left unconscious in the parking lot, police said.
Mansfield posted a Facebook Live video Saturday that said in part:
“I can assure you that if you open yourself up to be used by Him, He’ll make many great ways for you to accomplish many great things for the kingdom of heaven, be encouraged and stay blessed. Y’all have a great day, talk to you soon.”
Monday, loved ones comforted each other, recalling Mansfield’s heart to serve – a heart to serve many believed was birthed by his love for Jesus Christ
Mansfield served his community in a number of ways as he is credited with hiring people with criminal backgrounds and feeding up to 4,000 homeless people each week.
“I don’t know what to say, except I hope the two men charged will realize what they’ve done and I hope they too will get the passion that Mike had one day,” said pastor Lavern Hayden.
Loved ones were told to resist the urge to be angry but to unite and pray.
“If it would have been for money, he would have gladly given it to them, but for somebody just to senselessly beat him to death while lying on the ground, it just doesn’t make any sense,” said friend Tanja Bostic.
Friends say Mansfield’s dream was to build a youth center and attendees said they hope to make that happen.
Two men have been charged in the death.
Hubert Underwood II, 37, of the 2900 Block of Custer Avenue, and Steven Rosser, 26, of the 4100 block of Cedar Creek Road, are each facing one count of first-degree murder, police said.
Both are scheduled to appear in court Sept. 6.