A candlelight vigil for Bobbi Kristina Brown was held on Monday at the Town Center amphitheater in Riverdale. Radar Online, Feb. 10, 2015, reports hundreds of people attended to pray, listen to gospel hymns and songs, hear Bible passages and speeches. The event was called “Shining a Light for Healing for Bobbi Kristina Brown.” It was a time for people to come together and pray. As the ,people arrived for the vigil, a rainbow appeared over the amphitheater. Many took it as a sign, “God is hearing our prayers.”
Corey Punzi, a marketer with the city, is responsible for putting the “Shining a Light for Healing for Bobbi Kristina Brown” together. Bobby Brown was the first one to perform at the amphitheater he thought it would be a good way to help support the family. The mayor of Riverdale, Evlyn Wynn Dixon spoke at the Bobbi Kristina vigil. She said, “Praise the Lord everyone. Forget that Bobby and Whitney are renowned artists. They are people and they hurt and bleed like us. It’s hard looking a child on a ventilator, what to do. If you take her off, she coulda lived. No one knows what to do. On behalf of the city council, we got your back with prayers with whatever you do. Whatever troubles that baby had had, whether she never got over her mama, we pray for her.”
Three members of Bobbi Kristina’s family sat in attendance. They were Bobbi Kristina’s uncle Tommy, and her aunts Tina and Leolah Brown. Tina had a hard time throughout the service as tears flowed down her cheeks. Noticeably absent was Bobby Brown. It was unconfirmed whether he was at Bobbi Kristina’s bedside during the candlelight vigil or if he was elsewhere. It may be the vigil would have been too hard on him to attend.
Us Weekly, reported that Tommy Brown thanked everyone for coming. He said, “I know she thanks all of y’all. Continue to pray for us all,” he said. “Remember when you wake up we should all pray for each other.” And Pastor Dukes had these comforting words for the family and friends of Bobbi Kristina Brown, “We aren’t here just to yell, ‘Wake Up!’ Because God is holding her right now, whether she wakes up her not, God has her and she’s going to be good either way.”
Bobbi Kristina was found unresponsive, face-down in her bathtub. Police are investigating to determine whether foul play and/or drugs played a part in this. In the words of Gwen Battle. She told the crowd, “It ain’t over til God says it’s over.”
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