Tribe plans prayer ceremony for murder victims

People of all faiths are welcome to attend the tribe's prayer ceremony.

Posted: Jun 21, 2021 4:19 PM
Updated: Jun 21, 2021 8:47 PM

NORTH BEND, Ore. – After three murders in North Bend last week, the Coquille Indian Tribe is planning a prayer ceremony.

The tribe said they join the community in grieving the deaths, which are especially painful as two took place on tribal lands at the Mill Casino’s RV park.

Oen Nicholson, 30, is accused of killing Jennifer Davidson, 47, Charles Nicholson, 83, and Anthony Oyster, 74, in North Bend before kidnapping a woman in Springfield and forcing her to drive to Wisconsin, where he turned himself in to authorities.

If you were affected by the tragedy and would like to attend, the ceremonial prayer fire is scheduled to start at 5:30 on Tuesday at the Mill Casino Hotel’s fire pit on the south end of the property.

MORE: NORTH BEND COMMUNITY MOURNS LOSS OF THREE MURDERED VICTIMS AFTER SUSPECT CAPTURED

While the tribe plans to offer prayers in their ancestral tradition, people of all faiths are welcome to join.

“Please join us in offering prayers for family members, friends and community, and help us to begin our process of healing,” said tribal Chairman Brenda Meade.

Those who attend are asked to not photograph or record the ceremony.

Parking will be available in the open area just south of the RV park, and a shuttle will take attendees to the ceremony.

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