Prayer vigil held for ‘wonderful man’ in La Grange

Neighbors of Steven LaVoie in La Grange were visibly shaken Thursday afternoon by the news the CEO of ArrowStream had been shot in his downtown Chicago office, apparently by an employee who had recently been demoted.

A handful of neighbors said they didn’t want to talk about the incident. One woman, as tears filled her eyes only said, “He’s a wonderful man, and they’re a wonderful family with three beautiful girls.”

LaVoie, 54, was in critical condition at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, after being shot in the head and stomach, authorities said.

Two trucks from Chicago television stations were parked across from the home, along the curb that borders an otherwise quiet Wailoa Park, where two young children enjoyed the playground while their mother read a book, and an older man sat on a park bench.

About a mile away, at First Presbyterian Church of La Grange, a prayer vigil was being held from 1 to 8 p.m. in the sanctuary. The Rev. Ken Green, senior pastor, said LaVoie and his family have been church members for several years.

“It’s a tragedy,” Green said. “We are praying for Steven and his family.”

A woman in the church office said at 3:30 p.m. that a few people had come in to pray for LaVoie and his family.

“We’re asking the press to not bother people,” she said. “We already had one woman come in to pray and come back to tell us she was approached by someone who wanted to ask her questions.”

Steven and Jody LaVoie purchased their home in La Grange in 2002, according to Block Shopper.

The family participated in the Kingdom Project at their church last year, where participants were given $100 and assigned to use it to bear fruit within 90 days,

Steve and Jody LaVoie were watching a movie called “Mary and Martha” when their daughter Sarah joined them, according to a post on the Facebook site for the project. The movie was about the 500,000 children who die every year in Africa from malaria. At the end of the movie, Sarah said she wanted to raise money to help fight malaria. The $100 went to start Sarah on her way. She put in $40 dollars of her own money.

The LaVoies also have been donors to Pillars and members of the La Grange Area Historical Society.

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