The following comes from a May 29th story by Valerie Schmalz in Catholic San Francisco.
Cameron Myers was just 20 years old when a 15-year-old allegedly stabbed him to death an hour after midnight in San Francisco’s Hunters Point neighborhood on May 15.
On May 22, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone joined four Catholic priests, two Protestant pastors and community members and activists, including a mother who lost her own son to violence 18 years ago, to pray for Myers, his family and those who caused the young man’s death.
“Loving and merciful God, we entrust our brother to you in your mercy,” the archbishop prayed. “You loved him greatly in his life. Be with his family and friends in this time of sorrow.”
….The prayer service at the corner of Innes Avenue and Arelious Walker Drive, within sight of San Francisco Bay, with the backdrop of a barbed-wire fence and frequently punctuated by the heavy sounds of passing trucks, was the latest of 32 such prayer services organized by the archdiocesan Restorative Justice Ministry, and frequently led by St. Brendan the Navigator pastor Father Dan Nascimento and parochial vicar Father Michael Quinn.
A similar prayer ministry is performed by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of San Mateo County and Father Lawrence Goode, pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in East Palo Alto, at murder sites on the Peninsula.
San Francisco police Officer Albie Esparza said a 15-year-old male was booked in Nevada County on May 19 pending extradition for the stabbing. He said the investigation was still open and more arrests could be made. Both Myers and the alleged perpetrator were from Nevada County, Esparza said May 24.
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My heart goes out to the family who lost their child and I also pray for the young man, who had it in his heart to take another life, for his conversion, repentance and healing. We need to pray for this family and for the young man as well who caused this grief. Truly heartbreaking.
One finds several of this type of murder event weekly in non-urban California, more often than not it seems involving young men or boys.
So when is the USCCB (under the Committee Chaired by CA Bishop Blare) going to write to the Federal Government to outlaw knives (like they did guns) ?
Public prayer services are needed which also draws attention to violence (and illegal drugs).
May God bless the Souls of the departed.
Rachael, laws restricting knives are being “updated” all the time. Maybe it’s a good time to stock up on machetes before the wood for their handles is outlawed.
The killing was done at a certain time on the clock; therefore, the government needs to confiscate all clocks. Also, many people were in that area and thus the entire population needs to be taken into custody. What else would make sense in the way that the politicians “think”? Let’s see. Ok, night shall be banned from now on. The villain ate food, therefore food needs to go. I think we’re heading logically towards the goal of liberal democrats, which is to eliminate 99% of the global population, since bad things happen and that 99% is present at the time.
Wait! The Archbishop was in the presence of Protestant clergy? This could be heretical. Why weren’t the prayers in Latin?
Bill, perhaps even RB?
Please walk over to a mirror in your house and read the following to yourself.
—My name is Bill and I am certainly not fitting the bill of behaving Christlike.–
Bill …..You are a consistent divider and not a loving uniter. No matter how angry you get about those who profess their love for the EF, unless YOU stop serving the wrong master, you will always fall down on the job of loving one another as Christ instructed us all to do.
PS – I won’t bill you for that loving reminder.
They might have been in the tongues of angels, Bill. Maybe Latin is the best translation.
This is what is needed for victims and offenders. If the evil is met with forgiveness then heaven comes to earth.
Even though there are hundreds of murders going down, and countless victims, heavy on the gang rosters, yet it is a mark of Christ to memorialize individual victims, because souls are created individual.