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Friends, neighbors hold tearful service for Louisville man found beaten and burned

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Mourners gathered to celebrate the life of Edward Vinson at the vigil Tuesday, June 9. Mourners gathered to celebrate the life of Edward Vinson at the vigil Tuesday, June 9.
Mourners remembered Edward Vinson in their own way and said they wanted to celebrate the life of the man. Mourners remembered Edward Vinson in their own way and said they wanted to celebrate the life of the man.
A neighbor cried as she spoke about Edward Vinson at the vigil Tuesday, Jun 9. A neighbor cried as she spoke about Edward Vinson at the vigil Tuesday, Jun 9.
LOUISVILLE, KY (WDRB) -- It was a powerful scene on the sidewalk Tuesday night in the Russell Neighborhood. A vigil full of tears was held to remember a man murdered and set on fire.

"Because the Lord is gonna make a way out of no way," said one woman praying. "And Lord, it's alright to mourn the death of Eddie, but praise the life of Eddie."

There were prayers for peace and candles for a life cut short. Tuesday night, friends and neighbors gathered on Elliott Avenue near 24th Street where Edward Vinson, 49, likely took his last breath.

"They took a daddy, they took a granddaddy, they took somebody that somebody did love. And I loved him. He was my best friend," said a woman.

"One day I was out here in the cold and didn't have a coat,” said another woman in tears, “and Eddie took his coat off for me. He would make sure I had shoes on my feet and everything."

Vinson's daughter Semone Sales is thankful for all the support.

“I've always heard that he was a good person,” said Sales. “I've never heard anything negative about him at all."

The mother-to-be fainted during the service and neighbors had to call for an ambulance.

"She's OK," said one woman carrying her off.

Edward Vinson's body was found on the sidewalk early Sunday morning. Police said it was on fire -- burning from the neck down.

"He did not deserve this," said one neighbor.

Police are not sure whether the fire or the beating were the exact cause of death, though both were contributing factors. 

"Why did he have to die out here like this?" said another friend. "He was such a beautiful person, would do anything for anybody."

Those at Tuesday's vigil say everyone's porch was Eddie's porch. If you saw a bucket and a broom, you knew he'd been there.

"He was sweet. He was a friend to everybody," said a neighbor. "This man was the closest thing some of us saw to an angel."

Leaving his friends wondering who could be responsible.

A woman at Tuesday's vigil says Vinson's funeral costs have been paid.

Police still have not made any arrests. Anyone with information is asked to the call the LMPD crime tipline at 502-574-LMPD.

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