Church Holds Prayer Services for Murdered Teenagers

Lee County residents, pastors and elected officials came together and Tabernacle of Champions Church in Bishopville to pray over their community after two teens were murdered. (Photo: wltx)
Lee County residents, pastors and elected officials came together and Tabernacle of Champions Church in Bishopville to pray over their community after two teens were murdered.
(Photo: wltx)

After two deaths in Lee County a community comes together to pray and commit to making sure this doesn’t happen again.

“It’s kind of hard to believe that something like this could actually hit close to home,” Lee Central High School junior J’Naire Haughton said.

After the shooting deaths of 17-year-old Shakez Bracey and 18-year-old Dontrell Fortune last weekend residents of Lee County have been looking for an outlet to grieve, including Haughton who went to school with the young men.

“I’ve noticed that the hallways were more quiet,” she said.

Haughton and several classmates came to the Tabernacle of Champions to sing.

In hopes to lift a community that seems to have been getting a lot of bad news.

“Immediately we knew we had to do something. What? We didn’t quite know. So the first thing we want to do is gather people together in a moment of crisis, in a moment of death and discouragement, people need hope. They need encouragement they need a sense that this is not the end,” Bishop Marcus Benjamin said.

Benjamin and a team of church members quickly planned a prayer gathering.

And several pastors, elected officials, and residents came out.

Even those not seemingly close to the situation were moved to tears.

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Source: WLTX | Jasmine Styles

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