Jul 28, 2014

Mourners Hold Vigil for Slain Norristown Man

Crowds of supporters turned out to mourn the passing of 21-year-old Ryan Ladson-Singleton, who was murdered in Norristown on Saturday.

Mourners Hold Vigil for Slain Norristown Man Mourners Hold Vigil for Slain Norristown Man

A crowd of people filled the 600 block of Green Street on Sunday evening to mourn the passing of 21-year-old Ryan Ladson-Singleton, .

Mourners gathered around a memorial of signs, candles and stuffed animals marking the spot where the young man was gunned down. Several local community leaders spoke at the vigil, offering words of comfort and calling on everyone to make efforts to not let this sort of tragedy occur again. 

"Even though (an appliance) had a scratch and a dent on it, the manufacturer that made the product knew that it served a purpose and could still serve the purpose even though it had a scratch and dent on it," Ebenezer Methodist Church's Rev. LaVance Pittman told the crowd, according to The Times Herald.

"Me and you got scratches and dents on your lives. If you’ve got a little scratch, God can still use you," he reportedly said. "When you see somebody going astray and you have an opportunity to do something about it, don’t wait for somebody else to do something. There’s enough people here today that if you light a small light in the corner of your community, darkness will have no opportunity to take root in your community."

Community activist Buck Jones reportedly echoed those thoughts.

"This can’t happen anymore," he reportedly told the crowd. "You all should be tired of this. This is our town, our kids. Let’s make a change."

Authorities have yet to identify any suspects in the murder and a joint investigation between the Norristown Police Department and the Montgomery County Detective Bureau is currently underway.

Read more about the vigil here.


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