Prayer circle held after shooting death of man, teen in Kinston

(Nicole Griffin/NewsChannel 12 photo)

KINSTON, Lenoir County - Many people gathered in Kinston Friday morning for a prayer circle to remember the two young lives taken so soon in a shooting earlier this week.

Dozens gathered at the Mitchell Wooten Apartments in Kinston, which is where Donald Girtley Jr. and Demone Nesbitt were murdered on Wednesday. That included family members Girtley's family, including his mother, Angel Howard, and her baby grandson, who is now without a father.

The Kinston community then came together as a whole to say a prayer for the two men.

The prayer circle was organized by Kinston Police Chief Alonzo Jaynes as a way to bring the community together for prayer, conversation and healing. He hoped the community knows the police force is here to support them in times like these.

"Knowing that we are in this together, knowing that we have a police agency a police department that is willing to hold hands with you and say whatever you need we are here for you, we're a shoulder and we will stay in harms way for you," Jaynes said.

Donations can be given to the Donald Girtley memorial fund by making a donation at any Wells Fargo branch or donate funds to the J.B. Rhodes Funeral Home in Goldsboro. You can also make donations to Demone Nisbett at Mills Funeral Home in Kinston.

Photos from Friday's prayer circle

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