ORLANDO, Fla (WOFL FOX 35) - More than 70 people attended a vigil on Monday night in honor of a man who was stabbed to death in Parramore. A memorial was created Monday morning where 33-year-old Joe Haywood was killed.
Many gathered with heavy hearts over the loss. Police say someone stabbed Haywood at the corner of Lime Avenue and W. South Street. Officers have a suspect in custody, but haven't released details as to what happened.
"I'm just hurt, Joe was a good father." Joe's sister Lily Espute said. Espute says her brother worked in construction and was the father of 3 kids. Two of the children attended the vigil. "Joe was a wonderful spirit. Great father; loved his family, loved his friends. Big heart."
This is the second prayer vigil this year that pastors have organized. The other was a few weeks ago after a community mentor was killed. The pastors say they want the violence in Parramore to stop. "The young man who was deceased use to come in and I would minister to him and try to communicate with him to get into his heart," Bishop Cal Stubbs said. "This is unforeseen for me and it's very troubling what took place."
Stubbs is also talking to the city about taking the steps needed to prevent crimes like this. "Come together in unity and find out what the issue is. Its been a long coming problem and we've got to come together. It's not murdering; it's just killing."
"I would hope and pray that justice is served and that this isn't just another Orlando murder that gets swept under the rug," Espute said.
As they prayed there's was a flicker of hope that peace will prevail after losing someone they loved. The pastors say they plan to have more prayer vigils in order to promote peace.