Community gathers in support of Brookside teen
Showing support for young shooting victim
The lyric to the popular song “Fight Song” filled the room, as a wave of light swept through Recreation centre in Brookside last night.
One by one residents lit candles to show their support for a 16-year-old youth from the community.
The teen, who cannot be named because of his age, is in hospital in St. John’s following a gunshot wound he sustained to his upper right chest on Dec. 31
Julie Hayes, the organizer of the candlelight vigil, was glad to see so many people attend the event.
“I am grateful for how many people came out,” she told The Southern Gazette. “It’s amazing — the turn out was great.
“Everybody showed their love and support and I’m sure the family is going to be very thankful for this.”
Hayse said students in the community who know the victim are coping with what has happened.
“Their dealing with it in the right way,” she said.
She added that the incident has left residents of the community in shock.
“Everybody is torn, they’re shocked, they’re broken, they’re upset.”
Hayse asked that people keep the victim and his family in their prayers.
Another community member, Jayne Hayes, said in this time of tragedy that people of the community are turning towards one another for strength.
“By holding on to each other and having something tangible that they can relate to, it helps them deal better with their concerns and get their emotions flowing.”
Classmates of the 16-year-old shooting victim from Christ the King School gathered along with residents from Brookside and surrounding communities to hold a candlelight vigil on Thursday evening.