La Grange Community Youth Center holds prayer service for those in bus crash
By Nick Adams, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
Two days after the Lewis County bus crash, families in the Highland school district continue to rally together to support the injured students. Thursday night, many of them made their way to La Grange for a prayer vigil.
It was another emotional scene Thursday night inside the La Grange Community Youth Center as dozens came out to continue to pray for the children who are still in the hospital and for those who went through this tragic experience.
The students involved in the crash have been included in many prayers since Tuesday, but the prayer vigil was a chance to pull closer together and hold loved ones a little tighter. Draelon Humphrey was one of the 30 kids on the bus and said right away, he was hoping no one was hurt.
"I was praying that everybody was ok and ended up at school again with their friends and family," Humphrey said.
Mia Lewis was also on the bus and felt it was important to be at this prayer service to support her fellow students.
"Because they needed it and I'm glad they're alive," Lewis said.
Kaylynn Cox got up and thanked everyone for keeping her family in their prayers; her sister is still in the hospital. Kaylynn said prayers have made the last few days a little easier to handle.
"It's been an emotional few days and an emotional roller coaster. We're just absolutely grateful. Me and my family are grateful for everyone's concerns and prayers. You don't think that things like that will ever happen to you but she pulled through. Of course you think of the worst first," Cox said.
Betty Brownestine helped to organize the prayer service. She said it was the best way for people to come together, be thankful no one was killed, and help each other move forward.
"Everybody is wondering how would I feel if I was in their place? What if it happens again? It can happen again. You know this is something we've always worried about happening, but you can't do that. You have to pray and move on, and these prayers will continue. The people that were here tonight are the ones really praying for these people and they're going to be fine," Brownestine said.
Six students are still in the hospital as of Thursday night. Five at Blessing and one in St. Louis, but they're all listed in good or satisfactory condition.
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