Residents Weigh in After Homicide

By Ashley Doerzbacher

Published 08/16 2014 08:14PM

Updated 08/16 2014 08:21PM

JOHNSTOWN, CAMBRIA COUNTY - Since the first of the year, there have been six homicides in Cambria County.
"Since I've been in the coroner's office, the last 14 years, this is the busiest our office has been,” said Jeffrey Lees, Cambria County Chief Deputy Coroner. “Accidental deaths, drug overdoses and homicides, and we're only little half way through the year."
When we talked to people about that number, many of them were surprised.
James Marley is new to the area, and was shocked when he heard just how many people have been killed this year.
"To hear that it's six, I didn't think it would be that high. It's literally out in a valley. It's hard to believe that something like that could happen here because everybody’s real nice around here."
He wasn't alone in feeling that number is too high.
"This is unacceptable,” said Paul Rinker, of Johnstown. “To have this in a little town like Johnstown it’s unbelievable that 6 people have been shot and killed since January the 1."
But how can it stop? People like Marley and Rinker say it takes the community coming together.
That's why he is organizing a pray vigil in the park here in Johnstown, to show support to the families impacted by violence.
"I feel that the more people that we can get to show up for this prayer vigil, the more chances God will listen and in some mysterious way will either eliminate or decrease this violence," said Rinker.
Prayer in the Park will be on August 18, starting at 5 PM. A number of religious leaders and police will be there. It’ll be held at Central Park.

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