On Wed., July 20, at 6:15 pm, Rainier Beach Presbyterian Church (9656 Waters Ave. S.) will hold a prayer walk for the 19-year old who was shot and killed in Rainier Beach last Thursday night.
From Rev. Jane Pauw:
Four years ago we hosted a Prayer Walk, beginning and ending at our Peace Garden, in response to the tragic “traffic circle” killing of our neighbor James Paroline. Tomorrow we will once again gather in the garden in response to the shootings last week in our neighborhood in which 19-year-old Tanaya Gilbert was killed and several others wounded. We will stand and walk in solidarity with a community that is hurt, confused and wanting peace. Please join us.
Gilbert and three others were shot last week while sitting in or on two cars parked in the 9600 block of 54th Avenue South. Kenneth Harding, the man police suspect was the shooter, was shot and killed by San Francisco Police on Saturday in an unrelated incident.
UPDATE (7/22/11): From The Seattle Times:
About 40 people held a “prayer walk” Wednesday night through the neighborhood where Tanaya Gilbert was killed a week earlier. They marched 1.3 miles, held a moment of silence at the shooting scene and prayed at two churches.
“We want to make a statement that violence in this community is not the final word,” said organizer the Rev. Jane Pauw, of Rainier Beach Presbyterian Church.
The procession began with a prayer at the church’s “peace garden,” which opened four years ago, after Rainier Beach resident James Paroline was fatally punched at a traffic circle where he was gardening. More.
A memorial sits at the site in Rainier Beach where four people were shot last week and one 19-year old was killed. Photo/do communications