Press "Enter" to skip to content

Vigil planned for man killed outside his Parkland church

A prayer for the victim. | Screenshot WLKY

The Interdenominational Ministerial Coalition of Louisville will hold a vigil Tuesday evening to honor a shooting victim killed in front of his Parkland church on Sunday afternoon.

Bennie Berry was outside Elim Baptist Church at 32nd Street and Greenwood Avenue about 1:30 p.m. on Sunday when he was shot multiple times, according to police, WLKY reported. Berry, 43, later died at the University of Louisville Hospital. The shooting, the city’s 54th murder of the year, was originally reported by MetroSafe as a drive-by shooting, WLKY said, but no other details have been released.

Rev. David Snardon of the Interdenominationl Ministerial Coalition of Louisville | Courtesy

Rev. David Snardon, president of the Interdenominational Ministerial Coalition of Louisville, is organizing the vigil Tuesday night near the site where Berry was shot. Snardon said the purpose of the event is to minister to the church and the community in hopes of restoring a sense of safety and fellowship.

Elim Baptist Church Pastor Vincent James has not released a comment on the shooting, but he is expected to be at the vigil.

On Monday, Councilwoman Jessica Green, D-1, wrote on her Facebook page: “Every single shooting and homicide hits me in the guts, and causes a pain so palpable for me that I am actually physically ill. Yesterday’s shooting outside of Elim Baptist Church literally knocked me off my feet, and I am continuing to try to wrap my mind around this. Every day, Pastor Vincent James, and his entire congregation pour into the families of his congregation, and also to the families and community in and around 32nd and Greenwood and the entire Parkland neighborhood. What happened yesterday was sickening, and completely disgusting.”

The vigil is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, outside the Elim Baptist Church at 32nd Street and Greenwood Avenue.

WLKY contributed reporting.

Reposted from

%d bloggers like this: