Vigil held to honor victims, support families in Chattanooga crash

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Tons of people came out Tuesday night for a vigil, and even though it was only temporary, it was a way to release some of the pain the families have felt since Monday.

“I think the message was awesome because the message is love and unity,” said Okitta Elliott. “Also knowing at the end of the day God is God and God is end. Our lives and God is going to turn this around for the good, and I think that’s what the families captured tonight.”

Out of respect for the family, the church where the vigil was held asked that media not bring cameras inside.

Those who attended the vigil say it was upbeat and joyous.

(Photo: WKRN)

“It was intense and uplifting at the same time,” said Sam Quatterochi.

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Chattanooga has faced tragedy before, but when something like this happens to the city’s innocent children, it hits close to home.

Folks from all walks of life showed up at New Monumental Church to show their support of five families who lost their children and the children who are still in the hospital.

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“It was an opportunity for political leaders, community leaders, school administration officials, everyone all came together and you can really feel, they were all together to help these families through,” Gerald White told News 2.

There was a balloon to represent each child on that bus and stuffed animals to help comfort those who will be grieving for quite some time.

“It was very devastating. You wouldn’t want to see that. I hope we never have to see that again. Innocent kids,” said Alice Carathers.

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