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Vigil held for victim of bizarre South Bend shooting


It was a bizarre homicide that rocked Michiana less than two weeks ago.  Thursday night the community remembered.

It happened in South Bend, the man who pulled the trigger has called it drinking and Russian roulette.  But In the end, 21-year-old Christopher White was shot to death.

A site near the South Bend crime scene was transformed into a prayer vigil this evening for Christopher White at the intersection of Dubail and Pulaski.

His friends said it's been such a difficult time for them they just couldn't talk on camera.  And they didn't talk at the vigil either.  But they did participate.  They held each other as they read prayers with the group.

White was killed February 23rd.  22-year-old Jacob Saye is now under arrest for the murder.  Saye told authorities he and White were playing beer pong at a home on Pulaski Street in South Bend.  During the game Saye said he suggested the winner should be allowed to use a semi-automatic handgun in a game of Russian roulette against the other person.  Investigators said Saye admitted to putting the gun to White's head and pulling the trigger.

The man who organized Thursday night's vigil, Michael Elliot, has organized several vigil's for homicide victims in South Bend.  He said they are all tragedies and this one is especially unusual.  "It's just kind of a unique circumstance as to how this occurred.  It wasn't a gang shooting, it wasn't a robbery, or a domestic violence situation that got out of hand so it's equally as tragic," said Elliot.

Jacob Saye is set to go to trial for the murder in August.


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