Family and friends host prayer vigil for Corey Jones as 1 year anniversary of his death approaches

Community still struggling with the loss
Posted at 9:29 PM, Oct 13, 2016
and last updated 2019-03-07 09:47:49-05

Tuesday will mark one year since Corey Jones’s death. On Thursday, his family and friends held a prayer vigil to remember the 31-year-old drummer.

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His death tore a hole in the Boynton Beach church community. His grandfather helped found the Boynton Beach Coalition of Clergy. Its members said the community is still searching for support and struggling with the loss.

“We want to be a supportive aid in the community, to help people move on in the process, and to come together in unity, in positivity and peacefulness,” said Rev. Keith Moore from Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church.

The Coalition of Clergy together with the Anita Banks Justice For Corey Foundation, named after Jones’s late mother, coordinated tonight’s prayer vigil.

They said coming together makes dealing with the loss manageable.

“When there is no way of truly understanding, then you have gaps in your life,” Moore explained. “To close that gap, you need, what we believe is the most powerful healer, and we consider that to be prayer.”

A grand jury indicted now former Palm Beach Gardens Police Officer Nouman Raja for shooting and killing Jones on Oct. 18, 2015 after his car broke down.

Jones’s family is holding a memorial service tomorrow Friday at 7 p.m. at the Bible Church of God in Boynton Beach.