SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - A community joins hands to pray for their friends, family and neighbors impacted by Wednesday's tragedy.
Hundreds turned out to find support among their community at a prayer vigil Wednesday night in the Spokane Valley.
A hand to hold. A shoulder to lean on. A friend's familiar face.
A community in mourning gathered under one roof to find hope during one of their darkest days. A church leader there encouraged attendees to look to their faith during this hard time.
"Do not be overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good."
For members of the Valley Real Life Church, this tragedy is widely felt. Students at Freeman High School worship within these walls.
And on Wednesday, they were praying for their friends and their teachers. For some students, they said they were also praying for the gunman and his family.
Vigil coordinators say the event was a way to show the community that they aren't alone. Leaders at the church want people to know that they have resources available to help anyone through the grieving process as they cope with what has happened.
"We have a grief share ministry for those that are going through loss and grief. And definitely invite the whole community to come and be a part of any of those ministries at valley real life,” said Valley Real Life Church Administrator Alison Eldred.