Day of prayer set for suffering Hanover community

HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - After all the recent murders in Hanover County, one man is starting a grassroots movement for hope, that is catching on like he never thought it would.

17-year-old Jyreffe Clark. 16-year-old Brett Wells. Caroline and Madison King, twin 3-year-olds. Sarajane Hakopian. Five murder victims, just six weeks apart, in one county.

Now one man, Lee Mitchell, is taking it upon himself to stop the violence with the help of the community. "The only thing I can think of is to pray and when we pray, a lot of things can come from that."

He posted the Day of Prayer for Mechanicsville event on Facebook last weekend and it's taken off in a community looking for hope.

"I literally thought we'd have 15 or 20 people and all the sudden its like 300 people are confirmed," said Lee.

That number keeps growing. In fact-- more than 4,000 people have been invited.

"Hope for healing. Hope for blessings in the future and if all that works out, it's going to be a great day next Saturday," added Lee.

That's needed after news on Thursday--- that the latest victim's alleged killer, Brian Mallory, is back in Hanover from Jacksonville, Florida. The sheriff's office charged him today with murder in the death of his girlfriend, Sarajane Hakopian.

The Day of Prayer for Mechanicsville is set for 1-2 p.m. on Saturday, the 11th, at Pole Green Park in Mechanicsville.

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