POINT PLEASANT — A local church will be hosting a community prayer vigil for a Mason County citizen who lost her life in 2007.
For the 10th anniversary of Leah Hickman’s death, Grace Baptist Church north of Point Pleasant, will be hosting a community prayer vigil on Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m. Leah Hickman’s father Ron Hickman, the church staff, volunteers from within the church, and Pastor Matthew Dotson from Good Shepherd United Methodist Church are joining together to make this event possible.
“Grace Baptist Church is holding this prayer vigil because we want to support the family and friends who desire justice and closure,” shared Church Secretary Jade Schultz. “We want to show our support for the police department for their continued effort in this investigation. We know the best way we can do that is through continual prayer and continual awareness.”
Schultz shared Ron is a longtime member of Grace Baptist Church and Leah would attend services with him. She personally knew Leah and the two attended the church together as children and attended the same Sunday School and junior church classes.
At the age of 21, Leah, who was a Mason County resident and student at Marshall University, went missing on Dec. 14, 2007. After searching for her for a week, her body was discovered in a crawl space of her apartment building on 8th Avenue in Huntington. It was determined that her cause of death was strangulation.
Schultz expressed the prayer vigil is going to be focused around prayers of comfort for Leah’s family and friends, prayers of guidance and wisdom for law enforcement, and prayers for the guilty party to confess to the crime. Guest speakers will be in attendance to lead the gathering in prayer.
The organizers and volunteers of this event hope the local community, as well as the Marshall University and Huntington community, come out in support to promote awareness of Leah’s case. They ask those who are attending to wear blue in memory of her.
For any questions concerning this event call (304) 675-1921.
Erin Perkins is a staff writer for Ohio Valley Publishing.