Unsure of what to do, or how to even begin to make sense of this horrifying act, community members pray. “Very sad. I don’t have children, but I just can’t even believe what these people are going through,” Derek Campbell stated.
Pastor Bob Marrone doesn’t usually open the church on Saturday morning, but decided to hold a vigil in the wake of Friday’s massacre. Yet when it comes to consoling his parishioners, on this occasion Pastor Marrone finds himself coming up short. “I often think that I have answers, and today I have no answers. All I have are questions. Why? Why would such a thing happen? There really is no answer. And perhaps God can help us to find an answer,”
Chicopee, Agawam, and West Springfield are just some of the places holding other vigils where people can come and express their grief. Pastor Marrone says that even though it’s going to be an incredibly long road to recovery, we just can’t exist in fear. “It’s to choose life, to choose to hug others, to choose to reach out in love, to choose to pray, even if there aren’t any words, to make that choice is a choice for life, and to choose to live,” Pastor Marrone said.