Positivism Shared at Candlelight Vigil for Kecia King

By Scherer, Ray | St. Joseph News-Press, January 29, 2012 | Go to article overview

Positivism Shared at Candlelight Vigil for Kecia King


Scherer, Ray, St. Joseph News-Press


Friends and family of Kecia King gathered Sunday in Midtown for a candlelight vigil aimed at building a positive legacy in her memory.

The 46-year-old St. Joseph woman was found on the side of Interstate 29 last weekend and later died. Kent Harris, 49, was arrested in Florida and is accused of involuntary manslaughter in connection with Ms. King's death. He faces an extradition hearing today in Broward County.

Lori May -- who is a relative -- began the vigil at 18th and Messanie streets by reading a brief passage from the Acts of the Apostles. She also offered a prayer that asked God for strength in the days ahead.

"We thank you for her spirit that remains," she told a crowd of several dozen people. "We ask that you continue to be with us. ... Kecia gave so much love."

Ms. King's daughter, Chave May, said she has been spending time focusing on crafting a positive viewpoint coming from the loss.

"That's kind of the thought process I'd like everybody to take out of it," she said.

A memorial service for Ms. King was held Saturday at Brookdale Presbyterian Church. Her daughter said donated organs have already made a difference for others.

"She was already able to save three lives," Chave May said.

The family is considering other means for honoring Ms. …

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