‘United as one:’ Candlelight vigil for Jersey City shooting victims garners hope

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Hundreds of solemn faces lit candles tonight in honor of the three Fulton Avenue residents who lost their lives as the result of gun violence in Jersey City earlier this week.

The remembrance was organized in front of 101 Fulton Avenue in memory of Janaya Lee, 25, Ishear Bailey, 26, and Quadel Chisolm, 31.

The trio was gunned down in front of the address late Monday evening, though the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office has issued few details on the situation.

Sheila Lee, the mother of victim Janaya Lee, and Ebony Banks Sheila Lee’s best friend, led the prayer of the candlelight vigil by garnering hope to those mourning for the loss.

While holding hands, Banks reassured the mourners, that included Mayor Steven Fulop, that “we come here united as one.”

“We come as humbly and as blessed as we can,” Banks said at the beginning of the prayer.

“Lift us up. Allow us to somehow within our hearts, our minds, and our bodies to find peace. To be able to have a peaceful understanding and acceptance of all of this.”

Bank’s stood beside the 25-year-old’s mother, who traveled to Jersey City from Atlanta after learning of her daughter’s death. Banks then asked the crowd to lift up the family’s spirit and share the memory of Lee’s unborn second child.

“Lift us from this ignorance … we need to show each other and everyone of these kids there’s a better way,” said Banks. “Life is too short it’s not right for us to take anybody’s life.”

A report by The Jersey Journal described the murders as a drug robbery gone wrong, but Banks denied that there were any drugs or guns in the apartment.

“That was a lie,” she said.

Tomorrow, a second ceremony will be held at Brenda’s Place on 269 Ocean Ave. in Jersey City at 7 p.m.

Then on Friday, January 20th, a third memorial will be held at Nostalgia, located at 409 Martin Luther King Dr.