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Vigil held for Clay High School student Nathan Hall who was killed in shooting

18-year-old Nathan Hall was killed on April 16. A vigil is set for Thursday evening. 18-year-old Nathan Hall was killed on April 16. A vigil is set for Thursday evening.
A vigil was held Thursday evening for 18-year-old Nathan Hall who was shot and killed on April 16. The Clay High School student was shot near the corner of Elwood and Adams in South Bend. No suspects have been named in connection to the shooting.

The vigil was held at Muessel Grove Park coordinated the On Site Prayer Ministry. Family, friends and community members gathered to remember Hall. "I always told him, he's Nathan Hall, the greatest son of all," Hall's father Dave Opfer said.

Those in attendance shared stories and experiences with Hall. Others who did not know Hall but wanted to show their support gave prayers. "I just want to thank the community for your support, for your prayers. They have meant so much," Hall's mother Charla Opfer said. Dave Opfer says over 1,500 people attended his son's funeral.

Coordinator for the On Site Prayer Ministry Michael Elliott says this was the fifth straight week a vigil has been held. He says it is important to hold a vigil for the victim. "You've got a gathering of people, most whom have never met one another, and they're here to show support to this family and this community," Elliott said.

While family, friends and the community took turns to share kind words about Hall, they also stressed the importance of stopping the crime in South Bend.

"Please, stop killing your brothers and sisters," Charla Opfer said.

"We've had eight or nine vigils so far this year which is an awful lot at an uncomfortably rapid pace," Elliott said.

"We hope and pray that there can be change made in this and maybe something can be done in the community to stop this violence. It needs to stop," Dave Opfer said.

Charla Opfer and others who were in attendance for the vigil say they will be holding a “Walk for Violence” on Friday evening. They will meet outside of Coveleski Stadium at 5:00PM. They say anyone is welcomed to join.

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