Tucker, GA — On Thursday, May 26, Tucker First United Methodist Church held a prayer vigil for the victims and families of the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas that left 19 children and two teachers dead.
“We are all just experiencing great grief, anger and confusion over the events that happened. We wondered how long, how much longer, how many more times and in some way my hope is that our anger and grief can guide us to make a difference, to change things in our world,” said Senior Pastor Rev. Gerald Varner.
Around 20 people attended the vigil.
Church member Pat Shaver said she had taught fourth graders before and also had been a victim of gun violence in the past.
“I’m glad our church decided to do something, my heart went out to all of the families and the children,” said Shaver.
George Mize, a church member and former first responder, said, “United Methodists are called to address gun violence. Acts of senseless violence should not be an acceptable occurrence in any community. We are grieving and praying after the attack on the school. It is indescribable and deeply painful. We are also grieving Pastor Marita Harrell who was recently killed.”
Rev. Marita Harrell, pastor of Connections at Metropolitan United Methodist Church in Atlanta, was stabbed to death at a DeKalb County home May 18 by a man she was ministering to.
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