Community members joined area preachers and elected officials Wednesday night at Market Street Community Center in Lebanon for a “Stop the Violence” candlelight vigil in honor of Andre Logue, who was fatally shot early Saturday morning.
Logue, 30, of 214 Stroud Drive in Lebanon, was killed in a shooting on Dedmon Street.
Those who gathered used the service for mourning and fellowship through song and scripture as several pastors spoke and everyone joined in to sing “Amazing Grace.”
Pastor Damond Bragg spoke to the crowd and encouraged everyone to let young people know here is a way out.
“If we can’t raise our community, who is going to raise them? When is it going to be too much? We need to rise up and stop the foolishness and stand together to make a difference,” Bragg said.
Police Chief Scott Bowen said everyone had to work together to bring those responsible to justice and the police and sheriff’s department needed help from the community, too.
“We’ve got to have everyone come together to stop this senseless stuff; we’ve got to stop this violence,” Bowen said.
Mayor Philip Craighead said he remembers Logue from when he coached him in baseball, and he wished he could go back to those times.
“To me, this is personal this time because I knew this young man. Life is precious and we’ve got to find ways to stop these acts in our community and make our community better and safer,” Craighead said.
County Mayor Randall Hutto said he also coached Logue in baseball, and he remembered him as a born leader.
“It’s our job as family and neighbors to reach out right now. We have got to be loving and caring everyday and not be too busy to take care of one another,” Hutto said.
Rev. C.L. Haynie, who was Logue’s pastor at Second Missionary Baptist Church, also shared his memories and expressed his feelings about stopping the violence in the community.
“The Lord has blessed us all so much as people and we’re killing each other,” Haynie said.
Logue’s family will receive friends Friday from 6-8 p.m. at Second Baptist Church at 323 West Adams Ave. Family visitation will be Saturday from 1-2 p.m. with the funeral service following at First Baptist Church at 227 East Main St.
To view a gallery from the candlelight vigil, click here.