Burlington Community Holds Prayer Vigil For Unsolved Murders

Unsolved Murders: Vigil Held On Easter Sunday For Victims

BURLINGTON, NC - A neighborhood came together for a vigil on Easter Sunday to remember the victims of three unsolved murders in their neighborhood.

Demarius Vincent, 30, was shot in his car on Avon Avenue in February. Derrick Hatfield, 36, was also shot in his car on Avon Avenue in November of 2015. Charles Groome, 74, was found dead inside his home in January of 2015.

All three cases occurred within a half-mile radius. None of the murders have been solved.

About 100 people from Avon Avenue and neighboring churches met to pray for peace in their area. 

"My grandson Demarius Vincent was murdered right here on this street," Joyce Moore said at the service. "He's not coming back. And I came out to support the hurting families and to support him. The love I have, I want to share it."

Joyce Moore says the vigil was about coming together as a community and fostering relationships with the police.

Burlington Police Chief Jeffrey Smythe was there to show his support.

"We recognize that we are most successful when we build trust with the community, so we've been hard at work at that for months and months and months," Smythe explained. "We've had special details in here working overtime to try to make the community safe."

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Dejuana Warren lived on Avon Avenue until pre-K. After her family moved, she would would stay with family friends who lived in the neighborhood.

“We are willing to do whatever it takes to make these, to help these neighbors and residents feel more safe in this area," Warren explained. “Try to bridge the unity. Calling the police. If you see something, say something and let people that there is hope even in these area.”

As for the unsolved murders, any one with information can anonymously call CrimeStoppers at 336-229-7100, text 8398 to 274637, or call the Burlington Police Department at 336-229-7100.

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