BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – A man who was murdered earlier in May was remembered with a vigil on Thursday evening.
76-year-old Birl Jackson was gunned down in the parking lot of Zion Star Missionary Baptist Church on May 6, 2013.
At the vigil, a man who spends his time reaching out to hurting communities stopped by the site of Jackson’s murder, where a white cross now stands in Jackson’s honor.
Evangelist Harry Turner did the same thing at the site of 15-year-old Jarmaine Walton’s murder earlier in the year.
Turner, who is oftentimes called the Traveling Shoes Preacher, says he carries a message of empowerment at the stops that he makes.
“When things happen people look for somebody to show up,” Turner said on Thursday. “Being a minister of the Gospel, that’s my first calling – to come out and let the neighborhood know we do care for you, we do suffer in your loss.
The Traveling Shoes Preacher encourages people to utilize Crime Stoppers and take back their neighborhoods.
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