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Tag: Moment of Blessing

June
11th

Ceremony scheduled for two men killed in South Hill home

Local clergy will gather Tuesday for a brief, spiritual ceremony at the South Hill home where two men were gunned down last month.

The Moment of Blessing for Travis Dennis, 32, and Jeffrey Poling, 36, will begin at 10 a.m. at Dennis’ home in the 9400 block of 175th Street Court East.

The men were shot in the head inside the home. Their bodies were discovered May 28. Investigators have said they believe the men were targeted but haven’t made any arrests.

The Associated Ministries sponsors the Moment of Blessing ceremonies at all locations in Pierce County where homicides have

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April
13th

Moment of Blessing ceremony today for slain Tacoma toddler

Associated Ministries will hold a Moment of Blessing ceremony today for a 2-year-old Tacoma boy who was killed last month.

The brief, spiritual ceremony for Noah Walker begins at 2 p.m. at 3624 S. Thompson Ave.

Prosecutors allege Noah’s mother killed him the morning of March 30 inside their apartment after she heard voices. She then called 911 and reported what had happened.

Prosecutors have charged Aleesha Walker, 28, with first-degree murder.

However, her arraignment was postponed until a mental health evaluation could be completed to determine her competency. Her next court appearance is scheduled for Monday.

Associated Ministries hosts

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April
10th

Brief ceremony held today at Tacoma home where man killed, dismembered

Associated Ministries held a brief, spiritual ceremony this morning for a 54-year-old man who was killed inside a downtown Tacoma home.

The Moment of Blessing ceremony for Wayne Williams was held at 10 a.m.

Williams’ partially dismembered body was found March 21 inside a home in the 2300 block of Tacoma Avenue South. He’d been strangled, then his legs and head removed with a handsaw.

Prosecutors have charged a 27-year-old man with first-degree murder in Williams’ death. John Jones has pleaded not guilty and was being held in Pierce County Jail in lieu of $1 million as he awaits trial.

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Jan.
6th

Spiritual ceremony today for woman killed in East Side home

Associated Ministries will conduct a Moment of Blessing ceremony today for a 26-year-old mother killed New Year’s Day while sleeping on the couch of an East Side home.

The brief, spiritual ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. at the home in the 8400 block of East D Street.

Tacoma police have said Michelle Davis was shot and killed late Sunday by her ex-boyfriend. The 22-year-old man killed himself a short time later outside Larchmont Elementary School.

The Moment of Blessing ceremonies are designed to reclaim the places in Pierce County where homicides occur. They are intended to provide comfort to

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Oct.
14th

Moment of Blessing planned for Tacoma man who was fatally shot

The public is invited to a Moment of Blessing Friday morning for Sokun Phorn, a 27-year-old Tacoma man who was shot to death Monday on a South End street.

The 10 a.m. ceremony will be held at the corner of South 57th Street and South Park Avenue, where police say Phorn was shot while arguing with a man over money.

No arrests have been made.

Associated Ministries hosts the Moment of Blessing ceremonies at locations in Pierce County where homicides have happened. The ceremonies are meant to spiritually cleanse the spot where the crime occurred and offer support to the

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Sep.
1st

Blessing ceremony planned Thursday for slain South Hill girl

Residents are invited to a brief, spiritual ceremony Thursday morning for a South Hill teenager who was found dead last month in a vacant lot near her home.

The Moment of Blessing ceremony for Kimberly “Kimmie” Daily begins at 10:30 a.m. at the lot, located at 122nd Street East and 115th Avenue Court East.

Pierce County prosecutors have charged an 18-year-old man with aggravated first-degree murder in the 16-year-old girl’s death. Daily went missing Aug. 17. Her body was located about 150 yards from the road in the overgrown lot Aug. 23.

Associated Ministries hosts the Moment of Blessing

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June
7th

Moment of Blessing for in-laws killed by Pierce County Sheriff’s deputy

Local clergy will hold a Moment of Blessing Wednesday for a couple slain by their Pierce County Sheriff’s deputy son-in-law on May 14.

The ceremony for Monty Multanen, 70, and Susan Multanen, 68, will take place 11:30 a.m. at 10058 58th Ave. NW near Gig Harbor.

The Multanens were gunned down by their son-in-law, Allen Myron, at his home, where they had been visiting. After a three-hour standoff with law enforcement, Myron killed himself.

Associated Ministries created the Moment of Blessing ceremony as a way to cleanse the places where homicides occur in Pierce County. The brief, spiritual

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May
22nd

Moment of Blessing for West End shooting victim

Associated Ministries is holding a Moment of Blessing ceremony Wednesday for a 26-year-old Tacoma man who was shot to death in his West End home May 12.

The blessing for Juan Zuniga-Gonzalez will take place Wednesday, May 26, 9:30 a.m. at 3357 N. Visscher St.

The brief worship service aims to reclaim spaces where homicides have occurred. It is open to the public. The site will be marked by bamboo poles with red and purple ribbons.