Crosslink Community Church Holds Prayer Vigil for Officers Who Died Feb. 6

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) – The City of Bridgewater mourns the loss of Bridgewater College Campus Police Officer John Painter and Campus Security Officer JJ Jefferson after they were fatally shot on campus Tuesday.

Bridgewater Police Chief Phillip Reid said these men will always be remembered as heroes for protecting the Bridgewater College community.

“We are all here to help the community, to serve and to protect and to be that reference person. You call us, we’re here, and sadly, such a tragedy has happened,” said Chief Reid.

Although there are no plans in place yet for the funeral or memorial services, the community continues to pray for healing. On Wednesday, Bridgewater United Methodist Church held a community healing service where students, law enforcement and the community all sang and prayed together.

On Sunday, February 6, the Crosslink Community Church invites the entire community for a prayer vigil. It takes place at 6 p.m. in the gymnasium at Turner Ashby High School.

“As a leadership team, as a church, we wanted to bring together not just our congregation, but the community for a time of prayer, of unity, of encouragement, whatever the need was,” said the Pastor Michael Miller.

A GoFundMe was established to assist with the funeral and memorial expenses of Officer Jefferson and the Painter Officer. By Thursday evening, over $120,000 had been raised.

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Norma P. Rex