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Vigil for slain man held Friday night on third anniversary of death

 

MONTEREY — Kimberly Tiffee Thompson’s tears reflected the light of a candle she held Friday night during a vigil at the Lone Pine Cemetery.

The vigil was held exactly three years from the day Thompson’s 26-year-old son, Duell Moreland disappeared.

Thompson said time has not diminished her son’s memory, adding she could recount every hour of what happened up until Moreland’s body was found a month later near Peale Cross Road in Monterey.

After the discovery, Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office investigators charged Moreland’s distant cousin, Hartwell Layne Tiffee, 37, of Monterey with second-degree murder in the case, but later the parish grand jury filed a No True Bill in the case and Tiffee was released.

“I know the truth,” Thompson said, adding she believes more people were involved in the suspected homicide, including Tiffee. However, no one has been convicted nearly three years later.

Determined that justice would be served for her son, Thompson said she continues to call on the local media and support from others in the community once a year to ensure that her son’s death is remembered so that whoever was involved in his murder would be prosecuted.

Approximately 50 people gathered around Moreland’s grave, including several women from a halfway house in Jonesville, La., called Almost Home Behavioral Health Ministries. The ladies got up and led the gathering through three verses of “Amazing Grace,” while dozens of Moreland’s friends, family and neighbors lit candles.

“I don’t know if, on this side of eternity, we’ll ever know the 100-percent truth,” said Debbie McClure, who runs the ministry. “But you know, God is not going to be mocked in this. … We feel like nothing’s happening, but whoever did this — they know it, and they’re having to live with their own guilt.”