Church plans vigil for fallen Navy corpsman

  • Meaghan Burns Contributed photo

Staff Writer
Published: 5/10/2019 11:16:07 PM
Modified: 5/10/2019 11:15:54 PM

GREENFIELD — The Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew has planned for Wednesday a “Vigil for Meaghan & Gun Violence Prevention” to remember Meaghan Burns, a longtime South Deerfield resident shot to death in Virginia a week ago, and others affected by gun violence.

It is intended to be a simple service, with candlelight, music and prayer. The vigil is slated to begin at 5 p.m. at the church on the corner of Church and Federal streets in Greenfield.

The service will feature a eulogy by the Rev. Dr. Will Sencabaugh, a friend of the Burns family. The Rt. Rev. Dr. Douglas J. Fisher, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of western Massachusetts and an active member of Bishops United Against Gun Violence, will also speak about the public health crisis of gun violence.

The Burns family has named Bishops United Against Gun Violence as a place to send memorial gifts. Anyone interested in contributing can send a check, payable to the Episcopal Church in Connecticut with “Bishops United” in the memo line, to: Episcopal Church in Connecticut, The Commons, 290 Pratt Street, Box 52, Meriden CT 06450.

Bishops United Against Gun Violence is a group of more than 80 Episcopal bishops working to curb gun violence in the United States.

Burns, 23, was one of three active-duty U.S. Navy corpsmen killed at a 7-Eleven convenience store in Portsmouth, Va., on May 4 in what police are calling a double homicide and suicide.

A Facebook dedicated to the vigil can be found at

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