CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) – Hundreds gathered for a prayer vigil honoring a slain Chesapeake family on Thursday night.
“It’s just shocking, and I’m out here to just pay my respects,” said William Bernstein.
Bernstein was a friend of Doris Dooley, one of six killed in an apparent murder-suicide in the Deep Creek neighborhood.
“She’s just a wonderful person… but the great thing is, we know she’s with God.”
Doris had previously worked at Temple Baptist Church of Chesapeake, where the vigil was held inside an auditorium.
From 6-10 p.m., loved ones, neighbors, police officers and even complete strangers came out to remember the family.
“The pastor prayed and another one read some scriptures, and it was just a lot of hugging, a lot of talking, tears of course,” said JoAnn Reynolds, who lived near the victims.
Church leaders requested that members of the media stay off of the property in order for people to mourn privately. 10 On Your Side respected that request. Several loved ones, compelled to share how special the family was, spoke to us nearby.
“I was very shocked when I woke up this morning and heard what happened so close to my house,” said Reynolds. “The Dooleys were a pillar. And we just want the family to know that we’re here for them.”
“They were part of a family here in Deep Creek,” said friend Ty Molleen. “I knew it was going to be really big out here tonight.”
A second vigil is planned for the family in the church parking lot this Saturday at 5 p.m.