Prayer Vigil for the Youth of Wichita Falls Will Take Place Sunday

- Two Texoma teens will be remembered by family and friends this Sunday at a prayer vigil, but this vigil is focusing on more than just that.

Organizers are calling July a month of tragedy with the death of 19-year-old Mark Sanders and 18-year-old LaKarl Williams.

So Sunday, the community is hosting a Divine Intervention Prayer Vigil to help heal a very open wound.

Former Hirschi student Ashley Slade says the month of July has been a tough one for the Wichita Falls community.

Slade says it started earlier this month when 19-year old Mark Sanders lost control of his vehicle at Kell West and Austin Street and was killed.

Then almost week later, a car crash on Kell West took the life of 18-year-old LaKarl Williams, when he and other Wichita Falls teens were ejected from the vehicle.

"When it comes down to something like this and you have somebody who's so close to you in age and they've passed away it really affects you because you don't know why," Slade says. 

That is why Ashley Slade and others who knew Williams and Sanders are organizing the prayer vigil.

They hope the event will help the youth of Wichita Falls through this time of tragedy.

"Our community needs something and I personally believe it's a divine intervention," Slade says. 

"There is a lot of hopeless here from the water, to tragedies that have happened, to shootings and things like that. So, there is a lot of people that need encouragement, a lot of people that don't know what to do where to go, how to console themselves," prayer vigil organizer Chrystal Washington says. 

Funeral services for LaKarl Williams will be Saturday at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Wichita Falls at 2 pm.

A viewing will be from noon to 2.

Then, on Sunday, the prayer vigil will take place from 3 pm to 5 pm, at the Winter L. Johnson Multi-Purpose center beside the Welch Street Church of Christ at 605 Welch.

Thursday night a candle vigil for LaKarl packed the Hirschi gym parking lot with close to 400 people and organizers say they hope to have that same amount of support, if not more.

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