HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Mothers United Against Violence held a vigil on Asylum Avenue Saturday for the family of a Hartford man who was killed in his apartment on June 26.
The vigil consisted of a small group gathered to pray and say goodbye to 64-year-old Victor King.
“We wanted to show Mr. King’s family that we’re out here to support them in this difficult time they’re going through,” Reverend Henry Brown said.
Asylum Hill Congregational Church next door rang its bells 64 times in honor of King.
“He was a kind, compassionate, loving man who loved the community,” Reverend Erica Thompson said.
42-year-old Jerry Thompson allegedly killed King, who was his roommate and landlord, with a samurai sword during an argument about rent.
Tenants who live in the same building tell News 8 they are shocked by the incident. Hartford Lt. Paul Cicero calls the scene chilling.
“Over 20 years, I’ve never seen anything like this,” Lt. Cicero said.
He also told News 8 police found a samurai sword in the water at Farmington River Park 10 miles away and found coverings of the sword along the trails.
Thompson was arrested Monday and charged with murder. He is being held on $2 million bond.