Vigils planned for slain officers on Monday and Tuesday
BATON ROUGE – The Baton Rouge community has begun to hold vigils for the three Baton Rouge law enforcement officers killed on Sunday after a shooting on Airline Highway.
Sheriff's deputy Brad Garafola, BRPD officers Montrell Jackson and Matthew Gerald were killed by 29-year-old Gavin Long after he opened fire as he was walking around masked with a gun near Hammond Aire Plaza on Sunday morning.
A prayer service was held for all three officers and the Baton Rouge community as a whole at Full Gospel United Pentecostal Church Monday night. It was followed by an emotional vigil planned for officer Matthew Gerald at 8 p.m. at Healing Place Church. You can watch that video here.
A second vigil is planned for Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at Christ Community Church on Juban Road in Denham Springs.
According to the event's page, all three officers lived close to one another in Denham Springs.
Acacia Church on Siegen Lane has also planned a vigil for Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. In addition to praying for the families of the officers who were shot on Sunday, the vigil will also be for all law enforcement officers/agencies and their families.
Residents of the Central area can attend a community prayer vigil on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. It will take place at Grace Church of Central, located at 13845 Hooper Road in Central.
LSU students and any other interested residents are invited to attend the OneBatonRouge Vigil for Fallen Officers at the LSU Clocktower on LSU's campus on Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. More details are available at the event's Facebook event page.
A community prayer service will also be held in Zachary at the Rock Church and World Ministries at 20810 Plank Road.