Marches and prayers in Killeen after latest tragedy at Fort Hood

Bob Butler, left, and Bob Gordon, right, work on a memorial at Central Christian Church for the victims of a Fort Hood shooting, Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Killeen, Texas. A soldier, Spc. Ivan Lopez, opened fire Wednesday on fellow service members at the Fort Hood military base, killing three people and wounding 16 before committing suicide. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

KILLEEN, Texas (KXAN) — As the dust settles and the hearts begin to mend after the latest Fort Hood shooting, there were marches and prayers Friday from one end of Killeen to the other.

At Lions Park, hundreds marched in a line that stretched for a mile. Soldiers and civilians young and old all took part. Some carrying flags, others carrying children.

For some this all hit terribly close to home.

“My husband is a soldier,” said Lindsay Hasty. “He was supposed to be in the building where there were initially gunshots. We can feel for all the families.”

Others marched with a resolve of compassion and community.

“This is something that shouldn’t have happened,” Marlene Faye explained. “We need to find out what happened so it doesn’t happen again.”

“We’re a community,” said Chris Beck, who took part in the march. “It’s just the right thing to do. We’re going to grieve together and we’re going to heal together.”

Across town at the New Hope Seventh Day Adventist Church there was song and prayer.

“The last shooting was the most shocking,” one church elder told the congregation, “but God brought us this far and this shock is very painful for us all.”

“The saviour can see every heartache and tear,” the congregation sang, “our burdens are lifted, Jesus is near.”

But it seemed after every amen, there lingered the question. Why? provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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