PAXTONIA, LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP—Members of the Harrisburg Chapter of Heeding God's Call led a prayer vigil in memory of two people who lost their lives to gun violence last week.
The vigil was held on the 100 block of Beaver Road in Paxtonia, where 31-year-old Travis Vogelsong was shot and killed Thursday. Police said it happened after an argument over a bottle of vodka.
A large group of Vogelsong's family members attended the vigil.
"He was just a great person, and this was a senseless act," said Brandi Drake, Vogelsong's cousin.
Pastor Willie Dixon, of Wesley Union AME Zion Church, was one of the organizers of the vigil. In addition to comforting the families of the victims, Dixon said the group wanted to speak out against illegal gun sales.
"That's what we're fighting against so strongly, because many family members and young people's lives are cut short, based on these illegal purchases that are done," Dixon said.
Attendees also prayed for the loved ones of 33-year-old Tarina Price, a beloved Harrisburg teacher.
Officers found Price stabbed and shot outside of her home on the 1600 block of Sycamore Street in Harrisburg early Thursday morning. Her estranged husband is charged with the crime.
Vogelsong's family members said the show of support for both victims is helpful for the healing process.
"It really does, just to show who comes out, who's out here to support. It really does help and it's comforting," Drake said.