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Mourners Hold Vigil for Slain Norristown Man

Crowds of supporters turned out to mourn the passing of 21-year-old Ryan Ladson-Singleton, who was murdered in Norristown on Saturday.

A crowd of people filled the 600 block of Green Street on Sunday evening to mourn the passing of 21-year-old Ryan Ladson-Singleton, .

Mourners gathered around a memorial of signs, candles and stuffed animals marking the spot where the young man was gunned down. Several local community leaders spoke at the vigil, offering words of comfort and calling on everyone to make efforts to not let this sort of tragedy occur again. 

"Even though (an appliance) had a scratch and a dent on it, the manufacturer that made the product knew that it served a purpose and could still serve the purpose even though it had a scratch and dent on it," Ebenezer Methodist Church's Rev. LaVance Pittman told the crowd, according to The Times Herald.

"Me and you got scratches and dents on your lives. If you’ve got a little scratch, God can still use you," he reportedly said. "When you see somebody going astray and you have an opportunity to do something about it, don’t wait for somebody else to do something. There’s enough people here today that if you light a small light in the corner of your community, darkness will have no opportunity to take root in your community."

Community activist Buck Jones reportedly echoed those thoughts.

"This can’t happen anymore," he reportedly told the crowd. "You all should be tired of this. This is our town, our kids. Let’s make a change."

Authorities have yet to identify any suspects in the murder and a joint investigation between the Norristown Police Department and the Montgomery County Detective Bureau is currently underway.

Read more about the vigil here.

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MOMMYOF THREE October 22, 2012 at 01:38 PM
The Rev said it best!
nice to know you October 22, 2012 at 04:39 PM
So sad. Regardless of what is written on paper, no one deserves to be gunned down and left to die this way. I hope Norristown wakes up and stops this nonsense. Rest easy.
Steve October 23, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Norristown is full of hard working families that just want the best for their kids. Among them are druggies, hookers and thieves. It is sad that in many areas you can't walk to your car without having to look over your shoulder. But I blame many parents, you know what your teenage son or daughter is doing.....but you fail to stop them from dealing and stealing. Then you cry when they are shot. Get tough with your kids and a lot of this will stop.
CJ101 October 23, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Agree!!!
RB October 24, 2012 at 05:36 AM
Some kids parents arent alive to tell them otherwise unfortunatly. Ryan had the personality that everyone loved, he has made mistakes but hes also made great decisions and has done many things to help the people he loved. The only people with bad things to say about him are the people who dont know Ryan or what hes been through and reads what the papers write. If you knew ryan you knew the kinda person he really was. Please let this man rest and if you have something unconsiderate to say just mumble it to yourself and keep scrolling because the people who loved Ryan do not need to hear your unneccesary comments. If you know theres so many kids in town who need to be told the right way to live then why dont you get involved? If its so onbvious to you the parents dont care why dont you step up and try to find ways to get kids involved in the right activities? Its easy to sit at your computer and critisize but do you actually care enough to help out?
Boywonder December 24, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Well said RB.

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