Take Back The Site Vigil held for Jeffrey Miller, first homicide victim of 2019

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Jeffrey Miller was Erie’s first homicide victim of 2019 and the suspects involved in his murder are behind bars. 

The Erie community coming together once again for a Take Back the Site vigil, this time for Jeffrey Miller, the man who was shot and killed in his aparment at 429 Chestnut Street. “It is a horrible violence and I think that it shocked our community to wake up that morning and find out that someone had been murdered in our neighborhood, our community,” said Candace Battles, Chairman of Our West Bayfront. 

Battles says she wanted to be at the vigil to honor Miller since his family was not there. “If we all love our neighbors then we all need to be standing and praying for him as well as for the people who have been charged with his murder,” Battles added. 

Coordinators of the vigil say this unusual for someone not to have family, friends or neighbors be here. “It’s sometimes very difficult to be present at the site it’s very painful,” Sister Anne McCarty.

Sister Anne McCarty also has a message for Miller’s family and friends.”We’re holding them in pray and we know that their were family that were not able to make it,” said sister McCarthy. 

Meanwhile, the two suspects charged in connection with Miller’s death are Louis Rauch and Nicholas Raines.

The Benedictine Sisters will be holding a peace walk next Monday at 7 pm and they will be meeting at AJ’s way on Gannon University’s campus. 

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