Photos by Oscar Rogel
Friends and family members of a Canyon Country man who was shot and killed in his home one week ago gathered Sunday afternoon for a prayer vigil near the corner of Jakes Way and Sandy Street.
“We’re all here gathered together to say a prayer for our friend, who is going through some great emotional tragic human events,” said Gary Clement, referring to Sonny Greenback, who was wounded in the shooting.
His son, Johnnie Greenback, 28, was killed, and his daughter, Jessica Paige Greenback, 25, is the suspect.
Jessica Greenback was arraigned Tuesday on five related charges including one count of murder and two counts of attempted murder. The incident occurred in the Greenbacks’ apartment in the 18000 block of Danielson Street.
Johnnie Lee Greenback
About 60 people gathered Sunday at the vigil, including Sonny Greenback, who is still recovering from a gunshot wound to the head.
Attendees took turns sharing stories of Johnnie Greenback’s life. Their reflections brought both laughter and tears to the crowd.
“Johnnie was a great young guy who was just getting started in life and was doing well,” said Clement. “We ask for your love and support.”
Friends of the Greenback family are raising funds to help with funeral costs and living expenses for Sonny and his two surviving children, ages 23 and 5.
“He has a little girl and a young man to raise, and he needs the help,” said Cheri Clement, who helped organize the prayer vigil.
Donations to the “Johnnie Greenback Fund” are being accepted at any Wells Fargo Bank, according to family friend Randy Baker.
As of Monday evening, a GoFundMe account had collected nearly $9,000 in donations.
“I just want to encourage everyone to think about and if you can afford it, donate a little, and if you can afford it more, donate a lot,” Baker said.
“Sonny’s a stand-up guy. No one deserves to bury their kid.”