Yoga Class Benefit Planned for Murder Victim’s Family

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A local yoga studio is supporting the family of Derek Jackson, the 24-year-old Rock Island man shot to death last week.

On Wednesday, December 18th, 2013, police say 20-year-old Aaron Henderson shot Jackson in the head and arm. Jackson has a three-year-old son and owned a tattoo parlor, where One Tree Hot Yoga Instructor Jordan Moore says his passion as an artist really shined.

"I think it's really sad to see somebody who was that talented taken from us so soon," Moore told News 8's Angie Sharp on Friday, December 27th, 2013.

On Saturday, December 28th, 2013, Moore and One Tree Hot Yoga (2660 E. 53rd Street, Davenport) will host a free yoga class for the community as well as collect donations for Jackson's family. The class begins at 12pm.

"Whatever anyone could give we'd love to have," says Shannon Smith, Owner of One Tree Hot Yoga, who says all the donations will go directly to Jackson's family. "If they can't give anything and they just want to come and show their support, [we would] love to have it."

Besides the donations, Moore and Smith hope the class can also help spiritually as well as physically.

"[Yoga] allows you to just kind of take some time for yourself, give a little bit of peace," says Smith.

"I think getting involved in a spiritual and physical act like yoga can really help people with that grieving process," says Moore. "Yoga kind of signifies a moving through life's struggles."

"I just think it'll be a really great thing to do to get some people unified together, so people know they're not alone."