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Rowlett to host prayer vigil tonight in honor of Judge Loveland

By J.J. Smith. The City of Rowlett and the Pray Rowlett fellowship of ministers will host a prayer vigil in honor of the late Judge Belinda Loveland and other victims of domestic violence this Friday at 7:30 pm on the front steps of the Rowlett Chamber of Commerce building, 3910 Main St.

There have been three murder-suicides in Rowlett so far this year.

The Hope Against Violence prayer vigil will begin with a brief message from Rowlett Mayor John Harper and a key note message from Mayor Pro Tem Todd Gottel calling for unity against crime and violence in Rowlett, said Rowlett spokeswoman Donna Huerta.

Several pastors from Pray Rowlett, a local group of pastors who meet regularly to pray for Rowlett and its leaders, will also share a few words.

Students from Coyle Middle School who participated in a program Judge Loveland started for at-risk teens also plan to attend the vigil and funeral services wearing their Camp ROCK (Reaching Our Community’s Kids) T-shirts.

Huerta said for the past several years Judge Loveland’s ROCK program has provided hundreds of students with mentoring that teaches life skills, provided them with the training and encouragement necessary to succeed in school and stay out of the juvenile justice system, while advocating the benefits of living substance-free.

For more information, contact the City of Rowlett.

A memorial fund has been established in memory of Belinda Loveland to benefit the underprivileged and at-risk Rowlett and Dallas youth population that she cared so much about. More details can be found on the Belinda Loveland Memorial Facebook Page here.

Donations may be mailed to: Belinda Loveland Memorial Fund, P.O Box 2507, Rowlett, TX 75030-2507

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