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Family holds candlelight vigil to remember Harry Frazier

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By Jesef Williams

Grief, hope and unity were represented in the candles that illuminated the night sky.

The family of Harry Frazier continues to grieve over his murder in May. Despite developments in the investigation, Frazier's mother and others are hopeful that new details will surface.

And during these trying times, they know unity will keep them strong.

Those feelings and more were expressed during a candlelight vigil Sunday night in memory of Frazier, who was fatally shot sometime between May 14 and 15.

Nobody has been arrested in the murder.

"We are doing this to keep his memory alive," said Frazier's uncle, Sammie Alexander. "The whole situation is alive. We, as a family, cannot let this thing rest."

Alexander and dozens of family members and friends gathered in Frazier's front yard on Arch Street, just feet from where he was found dead on his kitchen floor.

After everyone had a lighted candle in grasp, hymns of pain and faith rang out into the sky. There were also many prayers and words expressing sorrow, shock and frustration.

Alexander said it sickens him that the police haven't given the family any more information on the investigation.

"After three and a half months, we should be further along," he said. "They're (authorities) not telling us anything."

Frazier's widow, Erica, still can't believe her husband is dead. She said she has to remain strong for their 2-year-old son, Jacob.

"Whoever did it – that's got to be on their conscience," she said while holding Jacob in her lap. "I press on for my son."

Erica Frazier kept her composure for the most part during the vigil. But for some family members, Frazier's loss is still too much to bear.

Nerissa Harris screamed numerous times and burst into tears while telling everyone how much she misses Frazier. Her mother and other family members stood by her side to comfort her during her emotional testimony.

And the voice of Frazier's mother, Yvonne Harris, carried a certain conviction that illustrated her constant pain. Like the rest of the family, she simply wants closure.

"I have to live through this," she said. "I cry every day for my child."

After all the hymns were sung and the prayers uttered, the candles were blown out.

Unlike those candles, the family knows that Frazier's memory won't wane and their hope for justice will live on.

"You don't do stuff like this and get away with it," Yvonne Harris said. "Somebody knows something."

Contact reporter Jesef Williams at jwilliams@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1152