A Prayer Vigil has been planned for the Centralia community Sunday afternoon.
The event is being scheduled in the aftermath of the unresolved shooting death of Dustin Rhynes of Irvington on a northeast side Centralia street last Sunday night.
Organizer Lisa Atkins believes in the power of Prayer and that prayer changes things. She started planning the event after Rhynes body was found in an alley behind her grandmother's home.
"That was my first desire to bring the community together so we can pray for change and God's love will prevail in this community," said Atkins.
Atkins says a number of ministers will be on hand to offer the prayers for unity, peace as well as for the community and families.
A family friend, former NBA star Anthony Bonner has agreed to come to Centralia to deliver a message to the young people of the Centralia community. She hoping for a large turnout of young people along with their families to begin the transformation.
Atkins says they need to return to family values and deal with the issue of fear in talking about what they know about recent crimes.
"For those who maybe aware of what has occurred, I believe you will find there is more support for you than against you in coming forth and sharing what you know. The police need our help. We have to break that code of silence and say that type of behavior is not going to be tolerated in our community any longer," said Atkins.
The prayer vigil is scheduled to begin at three Sunday afternoon in Laura Leake Park.