Marion County family mourning the loss of murdered son creates community wide event
It's been almost three months since the shooting death of 21-year-old Patrick Davis in Marion County. The investigation continues as the family of the victim plan a prayer vigil this weekend for all the families in the community that have been touched by violence.
Patrick's aunt Amanda Patterson says despite there being no arrests, she is confident. "I feel like the case is going in the right direction. I think the sheriff's department is giving it everything they've got. I feel like they have put their heart and soul in it, and I do feel like they are going to find those responsible for his murder."
According to Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall, it has been a tough case. "It's discouraging for us as well as the family that we haven't made an arrest yet, but we're going to keep at it. Eventually I think there is going to be a break in this case."
On June 23, Patrick Davis was found shot to death on Loftin Road near his mother's home. Davis rode his bicycle to a near by house, and when he didn't return his mother began to worry. After finding Patrick's bike down the street she contacted the sheriff's office. Shortly thereafter, Davis' body was recovered. The family banded together to grieve the loss of Patrick, and search for answers as to who murdered him and why, a big idea began to develop.
"It started out very small. Just two or three people gathering to pray and ask for the Lord's guidance on the whole situation and then we got to thinking. We're not the only ones in this situation. We aren't the only family touched by crime,"said Patterson.
Sheriff Hall believes bringing the community together is exactly what is needed.
"We need all the help we can get spiritually and from the community and everywhere else, but like said the community has to get involved. Don't turn your head when you see something wrong. Pick up the phone and call us. Your name is not going to be used," said Hall.
The prayer vigil for Patrick Davis will be at 6 p.m. on Saturday in front of the Marion County Courthouse. Pastors from local churches as well as local county, and city officials will speak to commemorate the event. The family also said they would pray for those who took Patrick's life, but know that he is in a better place.
"Those responsible for his murder (I hope) that they realize in the end that Patrick did win. While he is not present here on this earth, he is present at home with his father and he is no longer suffering," said Patterson.
The sheriff's office is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for the murder of Patrick Davis.