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Lockheed Victims Remembered

July 9, 2008

By Jennifer Jacob, The Meridian Star, Miss.

Jul. 9–Five years after the tragic Lockheed-Martin shootings, in which Lockheed-Martin aeronautical plant employee Doug Williams killed six and injured eight of his co-workers, the victims were remembered in a memorial service at the Lauderdale County Courthouse.

The service, which took place Tuesday evening, featured religious music, speeches from the family of shooting victim Rev. Charles J. Miller and from Rev Zachary Operton, and a candlelight memorial to all six of those killed.

As the crowd at the memorial sang a touching song along with the Evangel Temple Choir, representatives of each family who lost loved ones in the shooting lined up to light candles in memory of their loved ones, after a prayer by Rev. Jarvis Towner and a presentation by City Councilman John Harris.

“We pulled together,” said Jinnell Fox Miller, widow of Rev. Miller. “We prayed, supported each other, and loved one another. And now we are trying to move on.”

Yellow and black ribbons and balloons adorned the front of the courthouse for the memorial — yellow for hope, black for loss. The service, which was sponsored by Mission Meridian, was part of Reconciliation Week, proclaimed by the city of Meridian as a week of remembrance of all the Lockheed shooting victims.

Along with the music of the Evangel Temple choir, the service featured solo performances from Cassandra Hall, as well as a memory tree planting, the reading of scripture, and the recitation of a poem by Mrs. Miller in memory of her husband.

Reconciliation Week will continue through Saturday.

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