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Lighten our darkness

Churches in Frio and La Salle counties have hosted candlelight vigils over the past week, including (Photo above) the First United Methodist Church of Cotulla, in response to a mass shooting incident at the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, and in commemoration of the 19 children and two adults who were slain in their classrooms on Tuesday, May 24. Among those attending the evening ceremonies were young children, parents and students, and law enforcement officers from local, county, state and federal agencies. Children have been the focus of the vigils, as elders express concern over the effects of the news and emotional stability among those affected. Church leaders, healthcare professionals and school representatives have offered counseling resources, referrals, and access to mental health assistance for all concerned. Meanwhile (Photo below), Pearsall ISD administration office staff arranged empty school chairs in front of their building to represent those who have been taken from their families, friends, and classrooms, and in a show of mutual emotional support for Uvalde schools. Among those visiting a public memorial in downtown Uvalde to place flowers in front of crosses for each of the victims or to offer condolences have been Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Senator Ted Cruz, gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke, US President and First Lady Joe and Jill Biden, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, who delivered food and refreshments to blood donors. (For related photos, see inside)
(CURRENT Photos: Amanda Brown Snowden & Manuel Azocar III)