Archbishop Gregory Aymond holds special mass for victims of violence

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO)-

Today at a special mass at St. Louis Cathedral, Archbishop Gregory Aymond knelt before the pictures of the victims of violence in our city.  Archbishop Aymond prayed for the victims, their families and for peace on our streets.

“Today was about recognizing violence and racism in our community.  We joined as a community in prayer.  The violence needs to end.  Too many lives are being taken and too much blood is being spilled on our streets.   We pray today that we can be voices for life and the victim’s families will know God’s comfort,”  Archbishop Aymond said.

Comfort is what these families need after losing their loved ones for no reason at all.

“It hurts me because it was unnecessary.  No one knows why,  all we know is he is gone,”  Jacqueline Simmons said.

Jacqueline Simmons lost her grandson, Edward Isom in August of 2013 in Gentilly.  He was murdered and the case has still not been solved.

“You just don’t hurt the person you kill, you also kill the family.  He was my caregiver.  He made sure I ate breakfast and took my medicine.  He was my everything,”  she said.

Other families feel similar pain and want justice for their lost loved ones.

“We need people to come out and say what they have seen.  It’s important to solve these cases,”  Joyce Howson said.

Howson’s daughter was attacked on Baronne St. and later passed away in the hospital.

28 families were represented at the mass.

 

 

 

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