Pastor preaches peace at murder victim’s vigil

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Friday night, family and friends of Edroy Ballard, Jr., came together in Memphis to celebrate his life, but the vigil had a somber tone.

Ballard’s father said, “I’ve been missing him so much. All of us together. He would like this. And by having us all together it’s going to help a lot too.”

Ballard was shot  in Horn Lake Tuesday while visiting his brother. He was 29-years-old.

Pastor Derrick Davis says this is a time to reflect, and a time for change.

“We have to quit this black on black shooting, black on black killing. Not even black on black, killing. Period.”

Ballard’s loved ones brought pictures to the vigil, and released balloons to remember him and his life’s passions.

“His real desire was to be with children. He loved children. He had a 4-year-old of his own,” Pastor Davis said.

That little boy looked lost Friday night, filled with questions he may never have answered after a senseless killing.

But the message at the vigil was that their sadness is shared throughout the entire community.

Davis said,¬† “Many times when you are going through tragedies, and different situations in your family in your own life. You feel like you are alone.”

Fifty-five-year-old Gerry Lynn Lofton is wanted for his murder.

Witnesses say they saw him get away in a truck on Tuesday, but police still do not know where he is. They say he may be hiding out in Memphis.