Vigil honors murder victims

Published 5:02 pm Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Family and friends of murder victims Zachary Cunard and Mickey McGraw release balloons at a vigil held on Monday, July 16, the anniversary of the 2002 murders. The case remains unsolved. (photo by Leah Justice)

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Marcie Davis, the mother of murder victim Zachary Cunard, said she never would have imagined that she still would not know who murdered her son 10 years later.

Zachary Cunard

Davis held a vigil on Monday, July 16 at her Campobello home to honor her son and Michael “Mickey” McGraw, who were murdered on July 16, 2002 in Campobello.

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Almost 50 friends, family and local support group members attended the vigil to release balloons in the air.

Retired Rev. Gerald Turner led the vigil and said he knew Cunard during his time at Holly Springs Baptist Church and also participated in Cunard’s funeral service.

“There’s somebody somewhere that knows something,” Turner said. “I just pray to God that he’ll burden their conscience. If you know something, speak up.”

Mickey McGraw

Turner reviewed the pain the families of Cunard and McGraw have endured over the past decade by not knowing who murdered the two young men.

“Ten long years the family has suffered,” said Turner. “They’ve agonized. Not only did these people take the lives of those two young men but they ruined the lives of many that loved them. It’s been a long time; it’s been a very long time.”

He read from Psalm 90 verse 13 and asked, “How long must we wait?”

“We urge, urge, urge somebody to come forward to ease the pain that’s in their hearts,” Turner ended.

Cunard’s 9-year old son, “Little Zachary,” was born a couple months after his dad’s murder. He attended the vigil and spoke about his father whom he never met. Zachary shares his father’s name as well as a striking resemblance.

A reporter asked Zachary what he had heard about his dad.

“He was really nice,” the 9-year old responded. “Everybody liked him.”