Candlelight vigil for Troy Gray Jr. held at 8 p.m. on Friday in downtown Paris

eParisExtra logoA candlelight vigil for Troy Gray Jr., who had been missing since April 10 before his body was found Wednesday night in Red River County, will be held at 8 p.m. today at the fountain in downtown Paris.

The vigil is sponsored by Brenda Cherry and Shatajna Woods, who also are sponsors of the “Stop the Violence, Spread the Love March for Peace.”

“This has been a devastating two weeks. Now is the time to come together in memory of Troy and in support of his family. There will be an open microphone for those wishing to share their thoughts and memories of Troy,” Cherry said.

Everyone is encouraged to bring their own candle,”Cherry said.

The 29-year-old Gray’s death is being investigated as a homicide, Paris Police Chief Bob Hundley said Friday morning. His burned vehicle was found in southern Lamar County the day after he went missing.

By Charles Richards, eParisExtra

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Charles Richards Charles Richards moved to Paris in 2004 after retiring from a 40-year career in journalism – the last 26 years as a news writer and sports writer with The Associated Press in Dallas and Washington, D.C. In mid-2004, The Paris News coaxed him out of retirement, and he began covering the police, court and regional beat for The Paris News. Then in early 2005, he was switched to coverage of a sharply divided Paris City Council. He was appointed by the City Council in 2006 to the 12-member City Charter Review Commission, which extensively rewrote the outmoded document. His writing awards include two first-place awards in statewide competition for feature writing. The most recent was his 2005 story on a Paris doctor’s startling use of leeches in a successful attempt to re-attach a man’s severed ear. Over his career, Richards’ interview subjects include Alabama Gov. George Wallace, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, David Koresh, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and numerous other political and sports figures. He is an alumnus of Texas Tech, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He lives in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.