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Thanks for help at vigil for victim
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Editor, As an elected official for Commission District 5, I would like to thank the community for coming out in support of the Platt family by attending last Wednesday’s prayer vigil.  
Thanks to my fellow elected official, friend and Hinesville Mayor Pro Tem Charles Frasier for helping get things organized despite a spur-of-the-moment deadline. And, speaking of spur of the moment, I would like to thank my old schoolmates HPD Assistant Chief Julian Hodges and Chief George Stagmeier for pushing the assembly permit past the red tape, along with the other support we received from HPD (traffic and crowd control).  
Many thanks to my sister and co-worker, Evangelist Jeannie Worthy, for making contact with the United Ministerial Alliance to ensure spiritual coverage. Special thanks to Deacon Walter Taylor, Evangelist Kearse, Pastor Thorne and the entire First Calvary Missionary Baptist Church Family.  
I want to thank my friends who showed up on such short notice, Sharon Terry, Pat Waye, Yvonne Woods, Bobvette Williams, Lisa Harris, Matthew Williams, Jackie Scott, NAACP president and my good friend the Rev. Liston Singletary, and a host of others.  
Thanks to the media, Lewis Levine from the Coastal Courier and Tuquyen  Mach from WSAV News 3.
And last but certainly not least, I want to thank my personal friend and advisor Elder Henry Frasier Sr.  When it comes to spreading the gospel throughout this community, you can always count on the Rev. Frasier!
The tragic loss of Rodtavis Platt will linger in our hearts and minds and he will be sorely missed by family and friends. Personally, I did not know the young man but I know his family and after talking with Charles, we figured having a vigil was the least we could do as community leaders to help the family begin to heal.
A tragedy like this touches us all, and we would have been remiss if we did not pray for the young men charged with the heinous crime of murder. We prayed for them and their families as well — it’s all part of the healing process.
In closing, I want to once again thank Hinesville for its support by showing that even in trying times such as these, we can and will unite for the good of the community.

— Gary Gilliard
County Commissioner
District 5
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