On Tuesday, September 27, 2016, there will be a memorial service to honor the life of Brice Jackson. Brice was a young man who lived here in the light-up-the-darkness3Black Hills neighborhood whose life was tragically cut short on September 14th around 10:30pm in an alleyway near his home. Brice was 27.

Rather than focus on the senseless act of violence that ended his young and promising life, United In Christ Ministries (UICM), the Black Hills Neighborhood Association, Hillcrest Community Church, The Edge Urban Fellowship, and the family & friends of Brice Jackson would like to honor a man whose ambition, smile, laughter, and sense of style & flash will long be missed by his family, friends, and community.

The “Light Up the Darkness” Memorial Service will take place on the grounds of Hillcrest Community Church, located at 850 Norwich Avenue, S.W. Grand Rapids, MI 49503. The memorial service is scheduled to begin at 7:00pm. Members of the news media and the general public are welcome and encouraged to attend. There will be music, candlelight, and an opportunity for those who were touched by Brice’s life to share their experiences and love for him and our neighborhood.

For those wishing to honor Brice by helping his family with funeral expenses, donations can be made online at www.gofundme.com/BriceJackson.  Any financial contributions that can assist the family during this difficult time will not go unnoticed or unappreciated.

We know words alone will not stop weapons; statements will not contain hatred; and prayerful reflections—though powerful—are not enough to completely end violence. Yet, we remain confident that this is the best way to start. Person by person, family by family, neighborhood by neighborhood, we must take our communities back from the evil, fear, and hurt that comes with a culture of violence that leaves loved ones dead on our streets, families afraid in their homes, and others numb to human loss and suffering. We believe our faith in Jesus Christ gives us the values, vision, and HOPE that can bring an important measure of peace to our hearts, our homes, and our streets. We also believe in our ability to bring people together—even under the worst of circumstances—to work for lasting change.

Thank YOU & God Bless!!!