Candlelight vigil held for Janyia Wilson

Published 6:53 pm Sunday, February 26, 2023

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As the wind blew through the balloons, her spirit was there.

As the candles were lighted, her spirit was there.

A candlelight vigil was held Sunday night in honor and memory of Janyia Wilson at Houston Avery Park.

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Wilson, 16, died as a result of a shooting that occurred Feb. 20.

Family and friends gathered for the vigil, and offered their love and support to those who lost a loved one and friend.

Greater Mt. Triumph Missionary Baptist Church Pastor Willie Hawthorne encouraged those gathered to pray for Wilson’s family, asking God to shed his love and strength over them.

Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church Pastor Charles Johnson said Wilson’s life being taken can be God’s example for someone else.

Pastor Brandon Tanner said cling on to God’s promises.

Hawthorne said to remember the good times had with Wilson, the times where laughter was abundant.

“She’s in a better place,” Hawthorne said. “God is going to have you, close to his heart.”

Loved ones and others shared words and a poem in memory of Wilson.

At the end of the vigil, balloons were released for Wilson.