Prayer vigil held for slain Marshall, TX, man

Prayer vigil held for slain Marshall, TX, man
"I just wish all this killing and crime would stop in the town," said Junior Gooch, a first cousin of the late Paul Sparks. (Source: KSLA News 12)
"I just wish all this killing and crime would stop in the town," said Junior Gooch, a first cousin of the late Paul Sparks. (Source: KSLA News 12)
A vigil was held Friday night in Marshall, Texas, for Paul Sparks, the man known in the community as the bucket man.  (Source: KSLA News 12)
A vigil was held Friday night in Marshall, Texas, for Paul Sparks, the man known in the community as the bucket man.  (Source: KSLA News 12)

MARSHALL, TX (KSLA) - Paul Sparks was known in the Marshall, Texas, community as the bucket man.

"He washed cars around town, went to car washes, went to people's houses to wash cars," his first cousin Junior Gooch said.

Sparks' large family, close friends and community members gathered Friday night at Second Pleasant Hill Baptist Church and dropped donations into a bucket to help pay for Sparks' funeral.

He was found slain just down the street in his Grafton Street home Monday morning.

"We knew it was going to be a burden on the kids and so forth," Gooch said about the donations. "I'm glad to see the people gathered together here to support the cause."

Paul's brother Oliver Sparks said, "It lets us know just how much he was loved."

Marshall Against Violence, a group that helped put together the vigil, said Paul Sparks had no insurance.

The prayer vigil also was an opportunity for people to share stories about Paul Sparks, show support for his family and pray for an end to violence in their community.

"I just wish all this killing and crime would stop in the town," Gooch said.

Oliver Sparks said, "It's time to come together when a tragedy like this happens, family coming together supporting each other. It's a time we really need each other."

Marshall police have not yet made an arrest. They urge anyone with information about the slaying to call them at (903) 935-4575 or Marshall-Harrison County Crime Stoppers at (903) 935-9969.

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