Showing Community Support
Jim Poinsett, the Executive Director of Interfaith Partnership of Greater St. Louis, shared the following request to all faith communities. The Diocese of Missouri encourages participation in this effort to support our community.
We are reaching out with a special, urgent request on behalf of Rev. Rodrick Burton. Please see his note below, followed by details about how you can show your support for grieving families and the North City community at large.
"On Thursday, April 15, Diesha Boyd (34) was murdered and a 7-year-old girl (relationship has officially not been identified by authorities) was wounded in front of our congregation. I respectfully solicit the members of the Board and Cabinet and their representative communities to collect condolences for the Boyd family and get-well prayers/messages for the 7-year-old. What will be powerful would be to include pictures of the senders (not addresses), so that African Americans victims of violence see that all community members—at least the faith community—care when a life in North City is lost and children of color are harmed. This family was unknown to our congregation until I witnessed her body being transported by the medical examiner. Can we unite to support this family in grief and this child who is recovering from trauma no child should endure but is becoming shockingly routine?”
To expediate responses, IPSTL is heeding Rev. Burton’s request to assist. Please email condolences to [email protected] —
- Condolences to the family to Diesha Boyd
- Healing wishes to the 7-year-old girl (minor will remain unnamed) who was injured
- A photo of yourself or the community you are representing to stand in for showing support in-person
Send notes to:
- [email protected]
- By Tuesday, April 27th, end of day
- IPSTL will assist by gathering, printing notes and photos, packaging, and delivering to Rev. Burton on Wednesday, April 28th
Please share! We invite you to forward this along to others in your community to maximize the response.