Vigil held for Chavis Carter

Published: Aug. 7, 2012 at 2:48 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 7, 2012 at 10:05 AM CDT
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Chavis Carter's family as they arrived at the vigil
Chavis Carter's family as they arrived at the vigil

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro and surrounding communities came together Monday night to remember Chavis Carter, the man Jonesboro Police say shot and killed himself while handcuffed in a patrol car.

A large crowd gathered for the candle light vigil in a parking lot across from the First Baptist Church on Kitchen Street in Jonesboro.

Chavis' story, which has gained national attention, brought hundreds of people together for prayer and community support of Chavis' family.
Though the event was a peaceful coming together, there were still signs present questioning police in Jonesboro and asking "what really happened" to Chavis.
Reverend Adrian Rodgers helped organize the event. He told Region 8 News that while he and others feel the circumstances are odd, they are giving the justice system the time they need to investigate Chavis' death.
"We hope that things will be put in place that nothing ever like this will happen again," Rodgers told Region 8 News. "We're not here to hurl accusations but to say that certainly a tragedy occurred and that we're coming together for the healing of our city and of course we're praying for the family and the officers as well."
Jonesboro Police and the FBI continue to investigate the incident. Witness statements and dash cam video coincide with officer's accounts of what happened. Both of those officers remain on administrative leave.
Region 8 News will update you on this story as soon as more information becomes available.
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