On a rainy May 1, Sunday afternoon, Our Saviour's Lutheran Church was filled with people from Norge and surrounding communities to pray for healing and to support the family of Gabriel Maness, the 34-year-old husband and father who was killed by Brian Hicks, 55-years-old from Woodbridge, Va. in Farm Fresh, Norge on Sunday, April 17 around 8 a.m. across Richmond Road from Our Saviour's Lutheran Church and adjacent to St. Olaf Roman Catholic Church.
During the service, people came forward to light votive candles in solidarity with those who have lost a loved one by violence. Clay Harrison, a local poet, wrote a poem, "Tragedy at Farm Fresh," for the service. More than $2,000 was collected in a free-will offering for the Maness family.
Six clergy from among seven that comprise the Upper James City County Ministerium participated in the service: Rev. Richard Cline, Olive Branch Christian Church; Rev. Alex Creager, Stone House Presbyterian Church; Rev. David Lehman, Williamsburg Mennonite Church; Rev. Ann Tang, Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church; and Rev. James P. Nickols, Our Saviour's Lutheran Church. Ms. Gigi Paddock, Our Saviour's Minister of Music, provided the music.
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