For the third time this year, nuns from our area are taking back the site of a homicide in the name of nonviolence.
Family and loved ones gathered near East 23rd and German Streets Thursday night, to honor the life of 37-year-old Stevenson Jordan.
Jordan was fatally shot on December 1 in the same area, following an altercation. Police have since charged 60-year-old Kenneth Ellis with homicide.
Jordan's family members are still coping with his death.
"I just got to be strong and just remember everything and all the good times that we had together," said Jordan's daughter Dodjanique Jordan. "I just know that he is in a better place right now."
Each vigil serves as a reminder of the violence in our community.
"We looked at the numbers of times we've been out, and this is probably one of the lowest years ever, for which we are grateful." said Sister Mary Claire Kennedy of the Sisters of Saint Joseph. "But there's still a lot of gun violence going on in the city that we have to get a hold of."
For the family members of each victim, these vigils provide a sense of consolation.
"It means a lot to me," said Dodjanique Jordan. "I'm thankful that everyone came out...all the help that we've had, is well needed."
Jordan is the fifth homicide victim in Erie this year.