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Vigil to be held for Jeffersonville murder victim

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Jeffersonville churches are planning a vigil to honor murder victim Tammy Jo Blanton. It was just last week that her Locust Street home was wrapped with crime tape and filled with investigators. 

"The first couple nights were a little bit rough. Just laying in bed thinking about it," said neighbor Analicia Garcia. 

Officials say Blanton's ex-boyfriend killed her and then consumed some of her body parts. Joseph Oberhansley faces charges of murder and mutilating a corpse. 

First Presbyterian Church Pastor Don Summerfield says five churches are involved in organizing Sunday's prayer vigil to remember Blanton. Summerfield says the churches first decided to come together back in 2005 after a brutal crime shocked the community. 

Christina Melcher, her young son, and unborn child were all murdered in Jeffersonville. Her husband confessed to police. 

"It was such an awful crime, that there were some of us in the faith community that just felt that it needed to be answered in some way," Summerfield said. 

He says Blanton's prayer vigil will be the 10th they've held. It's something neighbors say they need. Analicia Garcia plans on attending. 

"I couldn't imagine going through it myself, losing somebody like that, then hearing what happened, how it happened," Garcia told WDRB News.

The vigil will be held at 4:00 p.m. Sunday on the 300 block of Locust Street. The public is welcome to attend.  

"The more news that's come, the more I've thought about how something like this could go down two and a half blocks not only from the church I serve but the house where I live," Summerfield said. "I think it's going to be good for us all to come together." 

Summerfield says Blanton's friends and family have been supportive of the vigil. Family members held a memorial service for Blanton Wednesday night. 

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