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Another vigil planned for today on Tue May 11, 2010 5:56 pm

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Krista Henry, Staff Reporter at the jamaican star.

Members of the entertainment
fraternity and friends held a prayer vigil by the bus park in Half-Way Tree, St Andrew, for Oneil Edwards, a member of the group Voicemail who is now in hospital. The deejay was shot at his Duhaney Park home early Monday morning. - Norman Grindley

Another prayer vigil is being planned for Voicemail member Oneil Edwards, as fellow artiste Mr Vegas says plans are being put in place to stage another one at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) parking lot today.

Edwards is currently in the hospital after being shot several times on Tuesday morning by gunmen as he entered his home in Duhaney Park, St Andrew. The entertainer was rushed to the KPH in critical condition. Hours after the incident took place, members of Edwards' entertainment family came together at the clock tower in Half-Way Tree for a prayer vigil after 9 a.m.

Speaking with THE STAR late last night, Vegas said, "we were trying to arrange one for downtown in the hospital parking lot. We just have to keep the prayer going and leave it inna God hands."

He said the time for the vigil is tentatively set for 2 p.m.

words of support

D' Angel, Mr Vegas, Tifa, Alaine, Tami Chynn, Natalie Storm, Raine Seville, Bridgez, Stacious, Suku from Ward 21, Farenheit, I-Shawna, Twin of Twins, RDX, Lukie D from LUST, Beenie Man, Timberlee, selectors Foota Hype, Rolexx, Richie Feelings and music video director Jay Will, among others, came out to show their support.

Passer-bys, fans and well-wishers also drew near throughout the vigil to offer prayers, sing hymns and give words of support.

The vigil soon moved to under a tree by the bus stop as they gathered singing and talking. With a saxophonist on hand, D' Angel sang parts of her song Stronger, a powerful sounding Lukie D sang You Raise Me Up, andeveryone sang together songs such as Lion Paw, Let Him Be and others.

Alaine gave a heart-felt prayer as the group held hands, while others joined in offering their own private prayers. Deejay Stacious was brought to tears as she advised the crowd, "you don't have to wait on suppen to happen like dis to pray for him, you don't have to wait on suppen to happen to pray for your friends, to accept them for who they are ... don't wait to open your spirit to them, pray for your friends and family everytime."

Natalie Storm told THE STAR, "It's just sad cause mi nuh see wha Oneil could do anybody mek dem shot him ... right now, we're just praying for Craig and Kevin and Oneil's family, cause God nah sleep."

Singer Raine Seville added, "It's really sad that we feel like we are being forced to live in fear and sadness because of these gunmen and evildoers. Oneil is a music brother, a friend and a great person. It hurts to see him suffer this way and we are all praying for him and leaving it up to God."


Facebook fans support Oneil

Voicemail member Oneil Edwards

As members of the entertainment fraternity gathered in Half-Way Tree yesterday for a vigil for Oneil Edwards from Voicemail, the fans have been sending out their wishes and prayers on social networking site Facebook.

On Facebook.com, a 'Pray for Oneil from Voicemail' page was created shortly after the deejay was shot yesterday morning. The deejay was shot as he to entered his home in Duhaney Park, St Andrew and was rushed to the Kingston Public Hospital in critical condition. Within hours, the Facebook page had over 600 fans and is steadily growing as persons post comments on the incident.

One person commented, "Oneil ... God is by your side ... and if you fi gone you will always remain in our hearts and I'm praying for you, the group and the family, bless up hun be strong, u can make it."

Another person commented, "It's so sad to see one of our thriving young musicians be attacked in this manner just for being the best at what he loves, just for being the shining star he was destined to be. May God bless him and comfort him. Oneil you are truly loved, keep holding on and keep the faith."

Someone from Duhany Park also added, "I heard the shots echoing last night not too far from my house not knowing where or who it came from, only to hear now that it was Oneil from Voicemail that was shot ... this is sad ... I pray to God he makes it and gives his life to Christ."

Voicemail recently celebrated ten years in the music business and is known for songs such as Wacky Dip and Dance the Night Away.









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