A candlelight service is being held for Lucas and Christopher Leonard. It'll take place at St Patrick/St Anthony church on Oneida street in Chadwicks Tuesday October 20th at 7pm.

Lucas Leonard died after allegedly being beaten inside the Word of Life Church in Chadwicks. His 17 year-old brother Christopher is in serious condition.

Father Esper will speak at the candle light service/memorial held in the church parking lot.

During a press conference, New Hartford Police Chief Michael Integra said "both brothers were the subject of a counseling session by church members and were continually subjected to physical punishment for several hours in hopes the brother would confess to prior sins and ask for forgiveness.”

The teens parents Bruce and Deborah Leonard are facing manslaughter charges. 4 others are charged with assault.

Concerned neighbors have started a petition to shut the church down. It went up Wednesday night and is quickly gaining support and signatures. Too add your name, go to Change.org.

Watch Chadwicks Manslaughter Press Conference


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