by Lisa Tome
Ashley Long is gone but not forgotten.
Long, 27, died in July, another of Cecil's victims of overdose.
Long, whose mother, Ann, has been a member of and supported Voices of Hope, and others from the group will remember Ashley and others at an upcoming vigil.
Voices of Hope for Cecil County will host the fourth annual Overdose Memorial Vigil on Thursday, August 31 from 6 p.m. until dusk at the North East Community Park's Lighthouse Pavilion.
Chelsea Dueitt is vice president of the board of directors for Voices of Hope for Cecil County. "Last year about 80 people attended. The year before it was about 100. It's hit or miss. Family and friends (of victims) come and just everybody," said Dueitt.
The vigil lasts about two hours and those who attend come and go freely. Pastor Phil Meekins from New Beginnings Christian Fellowship leads prayer.
"We have an open mike where everyone is invited to talk about their loved ones," said Dueitt.
All are welcome to this free community event.