More than 50 people, with lit candles and flickering flames, sang Amazing Grace in the evening darkness near Tanglewood Middle School during a candlelight vigil on Friday.
Church and community leaders shared words of encouragement and Bible verses in response to Thursday’s shooting that occurred in sight of Grace Bible Church.
“We want to give the community an opportunity for comfort,” said Stephen Kidd, associate pastor of the church. “We want to be there for everyone.”
Jack Logan, who runs the organization Put Down the Guns now Young People, led the event.
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Logan sent a message to the younger members of the mob, that he never wants to see them pick up a gun, see them in the juvenile detention center or with the Department of Corrections.
The evening ended with a prayer from Kidd and an offer to gather inside the church for more fellowship and relief.
Another group, several dozen members of the CCI Church of Greenville, gathered nearby for their own prayer vigil, lining up outside the school on Friday evening.
They brought signs that said, in Spanish and English, “God bless Greenville” and “We love our town and ‘We love our children.’
Twelve-year-old Jamari Cortez Bonaparte-Jackson died after being shot at Tanglewood Middle School in Greenville on Thursday afternoon. He was shot by another 12-year-old student, according to the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office and the child’s family.
AJ Jackson is a general assignment reporter for the Independent Mail. Email him at [email protected] with story ideas and leads.