Community spreading word on Phoenix serial shooter; prayer vigil postponed due to bad weather

Posted at 9:45 PM, Aug 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-21 01:39:37-04

Bad weather postponed a prayer vigil planned to honor the victims of the Phoenix serial street shooter Saturday evening, but a group of people still came together at Marivue Park to get their message out. 

Community members and city leaders gathered along with police with a common goal--to inform people about the shooter and try to get him off the streets.

“We’re here--families come united to show that we are not fearful, and that we will not be fearful," said Luz Rodriguez, an organizer of the event with the organization Maya Chapin de Guatemala en Arizona.

Phoenix police believe the serial shooter is responsible for killing seven people in nine attacks since March. 

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One of those victims was 55-year-old Krystal White. Her sister spoke out. 

“We’re not going to let this silence us. We’re here to try to encourage all communities that we all need to come together," said Sabrina White, Krystal's sister. 

Phoenix police set up a tent at the park to pass out fliers and get to know the community before the wind and rain rolled in, knocking over tents and interrupting the event and prayer vigil that was supposed to take place. 

White said she came out to try to meet other victims’ families. 

“None of these people (victims) have nothing in common, and he’s just going off randomly shooting people, and yeah, I would like to just get to know the families," White said. 

While families grieve their loved ones, police work to find the shooter. City leaders are encouraging the public to speak up.


“We want to make sure that if you see something, say something. And I want to make sure that if you know who that person is, you’re as guilty as that person shooting that gun if you know who that person is [and don't say something]," said Michael Nowakowski, a member of the Phoenix City Council.