Moment of blessing held for Yakima homicide victim
YAKIMA, Wash. — Friends, family, and community members gathered at the scene where 27-year old Carlos Guerrero was shot and killed to pray and bring healing to their loss Tuesday morning.
The Yakima Association of Churches hosted a “Moment of Blessing,” which it does after every homicide in the city. Guerrero’s death marks the seventh homicide in Yakima this year, a number that is too overwhelming for residents who say it needs to end.
“All this violence needs to stop because its too much, said Felipe Preciado, who was a close friend of Guerrero’s. “We got tias, moms, cousins, nephews, nieces, we have them crying you know we don’t need that here. “
Yakima Police said Guerrero was likely targeted on purpose, but his loved ones are left wondering what the motive of his shooting could be.
“He was a loving, good friend, a good father, and a hard working man. That’s what I liked about him and I’m going to miss him,” said Preciado.
According to police, Guerrero’s death was not gang related, but other crimes in the area have been, with police saying gang activities have increased in the last few years.
“There’s a lot of division in our community, a lot of lack of understanding and intolerance, said Ken Jones, a minister at Unitarian Universalist Church of Yakima.
Jones said the “Moments of Blessings” help to bring healing to people affected by the violence.
“We hope that by bringing people together, we understand each other better,” said Jones.