The vigils were lead by the Rev. Daniel Haas of The Prayer Coalition for Recompilation and the Rev. Randy Schoof of the Warehouse Church.
Aurora prayer vigils show homicide victims are not forgotten
Aurora, Ill., August 21, 2019 – On Monday., Aug. 19, the Aurora community and the local media gathered to mourn the homicides of two young victims killed on Aurora’s streets in early 2019 with two separate prayer vigils.
The vigils were lead by the Rev. Daniel Haas of The Prayer Coalition for Recompilation and the Rev. Randy Schoof of the Warehouse Church. Haas has participated in some 415 vigils in rain, snow, heat, and cold as noted by The Beacon-News columnist Denise Crosby. Crosby was joined by Beacon reporter Megan Jones at the two community vigils.
The first vigil, 5 p.m., was for Aurora’s first 2019 homicide victim, Jan. 23, Daniel Alvarez-Perez. This vigil at the corner of Beach and Claim Streets only attracted the media and the prayer leaders.
The next vigil, 6 p.m., was in 300 block of South Spencer Street. This prayer session was for a young 17-year-old victim, Nicholas Rodriguez, killed on Feb. 11, just days before the Henry Pratt Co. mass shooting on Feb. 15. This service drew the victim’s mother, Rachel Mitchell, family and friends.
Rev. Haas begins his vigils with the story in Genesis of the killing of Abel by Cain and closes the sessions with the Lord’s prayer and in-between sprinkles the Christian gospel along with prayer.
Haas began these vigils in the mid-1990s with Catholic priest Father David Engbarth.
Today’s The Beacon-News ran a story and a column on these vigils. See the following links…
Aurora mom works to make sure son’s killing not forgotten
Prayer vigils continue as part of Aurora’s anti-violence movement
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