Vigil set Wednesday for slain soldier

Vigil set Wednesday for slain soldier

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - A vigil is set for 5 PM Wednesday in Thompson Park to remember Hayden Harris, a Fort Drum soldier killed in a weekend shooting.

The vigil will take place at the 10th Mountain Division Monument, according to Jeffrey Smith, pastor of Watertown’s First Baptist Church. The public is invited. Social distancing will be observed, and everyone should wear a mask.

Watertown mayor Jeff Smith is expected to attend and speak. Also speaking, Lt. Col. Jon Chavous, Commander of the 1st Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment. Harris was a member of the 1-89.

Soldiers are encouraged to be at the ceremony, and they can be in military uniform or civilian clothes.

Military chaplains will be at the ceremony too, if soldiers find they need additional support.

The body of Harris, 20, was found Saturday in the woods in northern New Jersey. Authorities believe he was shot by another Fort Drum soldier, Jamaal Mellish, 23, who is being held in Oneida County. The two men apparently had a dispute over vehicles they had swapped.

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