30 Buddhist monks from around the country came together this week to honor the life of a bank teller stabbed to death on the job, reports CBS2.
Jessica Vilaythong died last month in the lobby of Chase Bank in Chicago. Police say Jawaun Westbrooks, 35, walked into the bank and stabbed Vilaythong in the neck. She died several days later. Authorities say Westbrooks has a history of mental illness.
“The Buddha said that violence can not stop violence, anger can not stop anger,” Minh-Quang Sakya of Thien Tuong Temple said to NBC5. “Only love and kindness, only understanding can stop violence.”
The family held a memorial Tuesday at the Chùa Quang Minh Buddhist temple.
“She did good things. She went to the bank to do this — she volunteered to do all of it in the community,” said Vilaythong’s aunt, Phuong Le. to NBC5. “But she passed away just for no reason.”
Her family says Vilaythong dreamed of helping her Vietnamese community, but say a robber cut her dream short at the age of 24.
The entire family is deeply devoted to the Buddist faith.
“She was a great, great child in my family, so smart,” said Le. “She really active, she really lovely—help to the people.”
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