A candle lighting ceremony in memory of murder victims Keith Norfleet and Arthur Shaw Jr. will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 1.


The 21st annual observance will be held at New Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church, 1026 S. Missouri St.


The men were murdered on Easter Sunday morning at Pullen Street and University Drive in Pine Bluff in 1997.


Speakers at the ceremony will include Amy Stivers and Melinda Crowder with Parents of Murdered Children; Bessie S. Lancelin, director of clinical services at Southeast Arkansas Behavioral Healthcare Systems Inc.; along with other speakers, according to a news release from Pine Bluff Interested Citizens for Voter Registration.


The event will honor others as well as. Participants may bring pictures of their loved ones and may also use their own special candle or a candle will be provided, according to a flier from New Morning Star church.


The deaths of Norfleet and Shaw sparked the PBICVR Respect for Life Campaign to reduce homicides and violence, specifically among African Americanse.


“Pine Bluff has suffered its third homicide of the year in less than 90 days which is totally unacceptable. These acts of violence affect youngsters in a profound way,” according to PBICVR.


“Social, emotional, behavioral, and mental health support for victims of violence and trauma are critical to their recovery. Therefore, the RFLC collaborates with the Pen or Pencil program to promote healing for families which were traumatized by gun violence among youngsters,” according to PBICVR.