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One week after the murder of Chris Lane, A Night of Healing and Hope event will honor his memory.
The service, hosted by Duncan First Baptist Church, is set to begin at 7 p.m. today on the playground of Plato Elementary. Bryan Pain, pastor of FBC, said the service is to have a dual purpose.
“The idea came about after visiting with people in the community on Monday and feeling an overwhelming burden that our community is hurting,” Pain said. “There hadn’t been any plans that we were aware of for a memorial or vigil in memory of Chris Lane and Sarah (Harper, Lane’s girlfriend) confirmed this.”
Focus on honoring Lane, an Australian, will be matched with the purpose of continuing the healing process for Duncan residents. Community leaders like Duncan Mayor Gene Brown will be speaking and local pastors will lead prayer times.
“My desire is to see a night where we can come together as a community to recognize there is hope in moving forward and there is healing to be found,” said Pain.
“We’re going to spend time praying for our community, our community leaders, the Lane and Harper families and peace and safety of the community as well.”
Other pastors who will help lead specific prayer times are Ron Meador of Bethel Assembly of God, Arnold Nelson of First Christian Church, Ronald Boyd of Antioch Baptist Church, Jared Whitehurst of Gatlin Baptist Church and Greg Tolle of First United Methodist Church.
“We really believe the community needs to come together in times like this,” Pain said. “We chose Friday because it will mark one week since Chris’ life was taken and it is a time for healing and hope.”