Community gathers in Andrews for candlelight vigil in honor of crash victims

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“It was really nice to see the community coming together and being able to support each other”

ANDREWS, Texas – Today was about honoring those who were lost. Darin Johns led the Andrews High School group and Marc Boswell worked closely with Andrews ISD

“It was really nice to see the community coming together and being able to support each other,” said Reagan McCarver, a student at Andrews High School.

People from all over West Texas came to comfort their community and their friends.

“One of my closest friends Bos, his grandfather was the driver and he sadly passed away so I felt I needed to be here with him,” said David Ramos, a student from Permian High School who attended the vigil.

Prayers, candles and songs were used to remember those who meant so much to the Andrews community and to comfort those in need.

“I was not a kid in the group, but seeing my friends suffer from this loss really broke my heart,” McCarver said.

“It’s really crazy how quickly things can change for the worse and for the better,” said Hayden Abbott, a Permian High School student who was also in attendance at the vigil.

Andrews students were there, including members of the group.

“I thought it was really heartwarming for the families and really for the band to see them all here together,” Ramos said.

And this vigil was only the beginning of what will be a long healing process for the community.

“I think school is going to be tough for all of us, whether it’s like I said you’re a kid in the band or not, it’s just hard to watch your friends suffer,” McCarver said.

Resources were made available to students on Saturday the school had grief counselors for anyone who needed them.

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