Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Prayer service to tout nonviolence


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Prayer service to tout nonviolence


Belleville (Illinois) News-Democrat
November 15, 2006

BELLEVILLE - A community prayer service will be held Sunday at St. Peter's Cathedral in downtown Belleville to call for nonviolence and reiterate the need for peaceful means of conflict resolution.

The event takes place in the wake of the killings of Henry and Delores Kahle, of Swansea, and the shooting of Belleville Police Sgt. Jon Brough, who remained in critical condition at St. Louis University Hospital on Tuesday.

"This will give our community an opportunity to show support for the families and friends who have suffered with the tragedies that have taken place in the last week," Belleville Mayor Mark Eckert said Tuesday in a statement. "We invite all members of the community to attend this service as we come together in prayer."

The interdenominational service will include presentations by Eckert, Judge Annette Eckert, Belleville Assistant Police Chief Bill Clay and members of a coalition of Belleville-area clergy leaders. The color guard and other members of the Belleville Police Department also will participate in the ceremony.

Donations for the Brough Family Trust Fund, which has been established through Commerce Bank, will be accepted at the service. The prayer service will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday and take place at 200 W. Harrison St.

Contact reporter Ashley Tusan Joyner at or 239-2562.


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