"Lay-down" Vigil Honors Victims of Gun Violence

Posted at 10:02 PM, Apr 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-24 00:06:49-04

A community leader known for putting together gun violence vigils inside a church set up a vigil of a different kind Saturday.

Earl Jordan, with the group Partners in the Struggle, set up what he called a lay-down vigil Saturday near that JC Napier Community Center.

Nashville has seen a rash of youth gun violence in the last year.

The group laid down for 88 minutes, signifying that once every 88 minutes, someone in the U-S is shot with a gun.

“This lay down is serious, this is the last position our loved ones are illustrated in when their lives are taken,” Jordan said.

Several victims’ families were at the event, including the parents of James Nevils, who was shot while playing basketball outside Whites Creek High school in January.

While police have made arrests for Nevils murder, that was not the case for some of the other gun violence victims at this weekend's vigil.