Prayer vigil attendees lay hands on Raymond Hawks’ wife, Vickie, Thursday night while Pastor Bernie Long offers up prayers for the wounded police chief. photo by Maria Brown.
April 16, 2008
CAPAC— More than 100 people gathered Thursday evening for a candlelight prayer vigil at the Capac Police Department in honor of wounded Chief Raymond Hawks. Scripture was read and hands were laid on Hawks' wife, Vickie, as Pastor Bernie Long led the assembled in prayer.
Late on Thursday, Hawks' condition was upgraded from critical to serious. He is scheduled to undergo a third surgery on Friday. Doctors say they are attempting to repair the internal injuries Hawks sutained after being shot several times by village resident, Donald Burke, on Wednesday afternoon.
Burke, 50, fired several rounds from the porch of his William G. Drive home hitting 64 year-old Hawks, 50 year-old St. Clair County Sheriff's Deputy Tim O'Boyle and the vehicle of tow truck driver Mike Thorpe. O'Boyle was grazed in the head but not seriously injured.
Close to a hundred people gathered at the Capac Police Department Thursday night for a prayer vigil in honor of injured Chief Raymond Hawks. photo by Maria Brown.
Other gestures of goodwill for Hawks are in the works. Friends and neighbors will be posting signs of support in local business windows and tying yellow ribbons on trees in the vicinity of his Martin Rd. home in Mussey Twp.