Well over a hundred Indianola citizens gathered in downtown Indianola on Sunday evening to mourn the passing of Paul’s Jewelry owner Jaime Iverson, who lost her life during a robbery attempt on Friday morning.
Through prayer and song, the community united behind her family, the police who are investigating her murder and behind a movement to bring an end to violence in the City of Indianola.
“This is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do,” said Indianola Mayor Steve Rosenthal, a personal friend of Iverson and her family.
Rosenthal encouraged those in attendance to not let hate overcome their hearts.
Rev. Adoris Turner, pastor of Mount Beulah Missionary Baptist Church just a stone’s throw away from the vigil, echoed that sentiment.
“Our love is stronger than the hate,” Turner said.
Iverson, who co-owned the jewelry store on Front Street for years with her husband Rodney Iverson, was beloved by most who knew her.
Rodney Iverson addressed the crowd toward the end of the vigil, expressing both his love for his late wife and thanks for the community’s support.
The attempted robbery took place just before 11 a.m. on Friday morning when apparently two men entered the jewelry store after walking on foot through the alley between The Crown Restaurant and the A-Z Beauty Supply Store.
The perpetrators apparently parked a late model black BMW in the parking lot behind those businesses. They fled on foot back toward the vehicle after exiting the store.
Police are seeking any information anyone might have about the BMW and anything else anyone might have seen suspicious the morning of the robbery.