On Monday, Aug. 5, several members of the Episcopal Church came together for a prayer worship in response to the 2 mass shootings that happened over the weekend.
The group met at the Guntersville City Harbor to pray for the families of those who lost their lives in the shootings that happened in El Paso and Dayton.
The event started with a group of people lighting candles and reading from scripture from the Book of Common Prayer. Jim Coleman, a member of the church, led the service. Members of the group went around their semicircle reading the victims names aloud. The names were printed on a piece of paper.
These were the names read:
Victims in El Paso, Texas
Jordan Anchondo, Andre Anchondo, Arturo Benavides, Mario De Alba, Jessica Coca Garcia, Memo Garcia, Angie Englisbee, Leo Campos, Maribel Hernandez, Javier Amir Rodriguez, Ivan Manzano, David Johnson, Maria Flores, Raul Flores, Jorge Calvillo Garcia, Alexander Gerhard Hoffman, Luis Alfonzo Juarez, Maria Eugenia Legarrega Rothe, Elsa Libera Maequez, Maribel Loya, Gloria Irma Marquez, Margie Reckard, Sarah Ester Regaldo Moriel, Adolfo Cerros Hernandez, Teresa Sanchez, Angelia Sliva-Elisbee, Juan Velazquez
Victims in Dayton, Ohio
Megan Betts, Nicholas Cumer, Thomas McNichols, Lois Oglesby, Logan Turner, Beatrice Warren-Curtis, Saeed Saleh, Monica Brickhouse, Derrick Fudge
After all of the names were read, several participants had a conversation about the victims and the loss of their lives. They spoke of the young mother who protected her infant and discussed how brave it was of her to do that.
At the end of the service, Jan Maxwell, another member of the church, read a prayer that she had found that dealt with the loss of these people.
Coleman would like to have more candlelight vigils. They do not wish to advertise it on social media or other ways because they want people to be curious and join them.
They are discussing a different more traveled area such as Errol Allan Park, but they do not have any firm plans yet.