Vigil calls for a stop to gun violence after Rock Island man shot to death

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ROCK ISLAND, Illinois - A vigil was held on August 29th for Demar Bester who was shot to death in the 1200 block of 11th street last Tuesday.

During the vigil Bester's mother, Othea Stevenson, had a message for the killer of her son.

"I already forgive you, I already forgive you for what you've done to my son, I just pray you have peace in your heart and peace in your mind to come and turn yourself in," said Othea Stevenson.

It was hard for her to hold back the tears as Stevenson remembered her son as an accomplished and caring person.

"Demar was supposed to start a new company today, a new job today, HON had just hired him so he was supposed to walk through those doors today, he can't do that today," said Stevenson.

The community gathered together to try and make a difference.

"This will be the beginning of something that were gonna push for," said Norwert Hills, Pastor at Greater Antioch Baptist Church.

Stevenson said she'll go wherever she needs to to get her message heard.

"I'm gonna go so far, if I have to go to DC, Chicago, wherever I need to go to let people here me cry out to say this gun violence it just has to stop," said Stevenson.


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