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Residents say they're 'Clovis Strong' at vigil

Caleb James
August 31, 2017 10:21 PM

CLOVIS, N.M. -- In the wake of Monday's terrible attack at a public library, the only way to go is forward.

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That's exactly what that tight-knit Clovis community did Thursday night. They held a vigil for the lives lost, those injured, and all family and friends affected. Numbers exemplified that strength at Thursday's vigil. Law enforcement estimated close to 500 people gathered at the library where lives were tragically lost.

One speaker told a story about a young pastor who asked his dad for advice. He asked, "How do you talk to someone who's lost a loved one?" Dad said simply, "You make the coffee." It is just being there.

So many hundreds were there. The two slain victims, Krissie Carter and Wanda Walter, were in the front of every mind and every heart in Clovis. People also had the injured victims in their hearts and minds, including 21-year-old Alexis Molina and her little brother Noah. They are all recovering from injuries.

"We count our blessings as a family, but we are a family of faith," said Molina's cousin, Ben. "We're a family of strength, and as you can tell by the turnout tonight this is an entire community, an entire family, coming out to support everyone."

The faith-based community was already reeling from another tragedy just several months ago when an aircraft carrying Cannon Air Force Base airmen crashed, killing three. Two terrible tragedies, two reasons to be strong.

The real beauty from the vigil came from the tremendous support shown for one another. Many Cannon airmen and women out in force fresh off their own tragedy supporting the community. One young woman in uniform said she was just stationed at Cannon from Oklahoma City. She's here to support her new home.

It's a sign that Clovis is strong.

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Caleb James

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