Vigil Held to Honor Beating Death Victim

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Photo credit, Kevin Montano, New York Reporting Project at Utica College

This story originally aired on WRVO Oswego.

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A WEEK AFTER THE BRUTAL BEATING OF TWO TEENAGE BOYS AT A CHURCH, IN NEW HARTFORD, THE COMMUNITY GATHERED LAST NIGHT FOR A CANDLELIGHT VIGIL. KEVIN MONTANO FROM THE NEW YORK REPORTING PROJECT AT UTICA COLLEGE HAS THIS STORY.

 

KEVIN

ABOUT A HUNDRED AND FIFTY PEOPLE GATHERED TUESDAY NIGHT JUST OUTSIDE THE WORD OF LIFE CHURCH.

 

THEY CAME TOGETHER TO REFLECT AND TO PRAY FOR LUCAS LEONARD WHO WAS BEATEN TO DEATH, AND HIS BROTHER CHRISTOPHER WHO IS RECOVERING FROM HIS INJURIES. THEIR PARENTS, DEBORAH AND BRUCE LEONARD HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH MANSLAUGHTER.

 

FATHER ABRAHAM ESPER IS THE PASTOR OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH…ST. PATRICK ST ANTHONYS…NEXT DOOR.

 

  1. ABRAHAM ESPER

WE COME TOGETHER AND WE PUT A FACE ON THE GRIEF AND THE FEAR THAT WE FEEL RIGHT NOW.

 

KEVIN

ELIZABETH RICHARDS LIVES JUST DOWN THE STREET FROM WORD OF LIFE.

 

ELIZABETH RICHARDS

 

I LOST A SON MANY YEARS AGO. HE WAS ABOUT THE SAME AGE AS LUCAS AND I JUST FELT LIKE I NEEDED TO BE HERE.

 

  1. ABE

AND BY PRAYING TONIGHT TO THE GOD THAT WE ALL BELIEVE IN. A GOD OF MERCY A GOD OF JUSTICE AND PEACE. IT WILL GIVE US STRENGTH AND DIRECTION AS WE GO AHEAD.

 

KEVIN

STACEY WENDELL, WHO ORGANIZED THE VIGIL, IS PUSHING TO HAVE THE CHURCH CLOSED.

 

WENDELL

WE’RE GONNA GET THIS BOY JUSTICE, WE’RE GONNA GET HIM JUSTICE.

 

 

 

 

KEVIN

THOSE GATHERED TUESDAY PRAYED NOT ONLY FOR JUSTICE BUT ALSO -PEACE- FOR THE SURVIVING BROTHER CHRISTOPHER, WHO NOW FACES HIS OWN GRIEF, AND THE ORDEAL OF A TRIAL OF HIS PARENTS.