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Vigil Held in Clarksburg to Honor Locust Avenue Murder Victims

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Friday, August 2 marked one week that a drug-related shooting claimed four lives in Clarksburg.

On Thursday evening, family, friends and neighbors gathered in front of the courthouse to pull the community together and to remember Fred and Freddy Swiger, who died that morning.

A Facebook group called "Vigil For Clarksburg" brought more than a dozen people out in support.

At the vigil there were several pastors who brought messages of comfort and support as those in attendance prayed for the families that lost their loved ones.

Councilwoman Margaret Bailey said the city is committed to making some changes.

"The recent murders on Locust Avenue where two innocent people lost their lives in addition to two young men were allegedly involved in the buying and selling of drugs was a recent sharp dose of reality for Clarksburg," Bailey said.

"I really think that unity is important especially as a community because I think when we are together and we are all on the same page we can do amazing things," said Locust Avenue Pastor Dustin McCune.

Clarksburg City Council met during the vigil. Councilman Patsy Trecost asked council to consider approving an optional five hours of overtime for police officers. He also said that the council agrees that it is important that the police have lasting presence in the community. Council said that it will discuss guidelines for the overtime at its next meeting.