Vigil held for 5 Durham men killed over the summer

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — Five Durham men killed in shootings and stabbings this summer were honored in a vigil Thursday.

Organizers hope the remembrances result in less violence in the city.

The Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham helped organize the vigil held on the lawn outside Shepherd’s House United Methodist Church.

The series of violence started in late June and continued through the middle of July.

Donald Fields Sr. died from stab wounds police said he suffered at the hands of his son, Donald Fields Jr.

Reginald Carter died two days later. He was shot to death at the Amber Oaks Apartment Complex.

Just two days after that, on June 30, Reginald Cole died in a deadly shooting at another apartment building. Investigators arrested a suspect in the case two months later.

The shootings continued into July.

A drive-by shooting on July 10 took the life of 19-year-old Andre Bond. Police said the shooting didn’t appear to be random.

One week later, Jamie Daniels, a pastor at Durham’s Divine Grace Worship Center, was shot and killed on Dunbar Street.

The Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham says they hope the vigil will offer comfort to the families and friends of the victims – and demonstrate support for peace in the community.

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