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Vigil honors all 8 Lincoln County murder victims

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LINCOLN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Hundreds of people came to show their support and join together to grieve and to remember those who were killed.

This is the first event that has honored all eight victims at once.

Pastor Phillip Sterling helped organize the event; he says he knew every single one of the victims.

"There are so many questions that people have, and to be honest, we can't answer them," said Pastor Sterling. "But hopefully, through this venue we'll at least be able to supply some peace and comfort."

The memorial hosted eight different speakers.

Each one of them lit a candle to honor the victims.

One of the most resounding messages of the service was to focus on forgiveness.

Reverend Shon Blackwell, who had two sons murdered over the weekend, said that he still loves Willie Corey Godbolt, their accused killer.

"The love you've been showing not only to my family, to Officer Durr's family, the Mitchell family, the May family, and I want you to express love to my cousin's, the Godbolt family," said Reverend Blackwell.

His statements were received with thunderous applause.

"It helped," said Katrina Hines, a friend of several of those who were killed. "Especially coming from the father. That was very powerful, because if he can accept it, then we all as a community can."

Funeral services for the victims will be held over the coming days.

Officer William Durr's funeral was Thursday.

The Blackwells will be Saturday, Burages Sunday, and the May family's will be held Monday.

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