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Locals Cope At Prayer Service

By: Autria Godfrey Email
By: Autria Godfrey Email

April 18, 2007

About 30 people were at Wesley Memorial United Methodist at noon on Wednesday. Students, members of the faith community and longtime residents offered prayers, songs and reflections on how to move forward.

Still reeling from the Virginia Tech tragedy, people in this area once again came together Wednesday through prayer, song and dance. Members of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church leaned on one another as they tried to cope.

"You share things and things that are shared are not as hard to take," said Geraldine White, a church member.

One guest speaker, Dr. Bill Jones of Aldersgate United Methodist, is a 1976 graduate of Virginia Tech and remembers a much different atmosphere during his time enrolled as a Hokie.

"I had four wonderful years made a lot of friends felt safe, you know could never have imagined that this kind of violence would be visited upon our campus," said Jones.

Paying tribute to the fallen, those in attendance lit candles as the names of the victims were read. Coming together with joined hands and hearts, prayers for a fresh start on the torn campus filled the room.

"We will get beyond this. I think Virginia Tech will be remembered for much more than the tragedy of this event," said Jones.

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