Com­mu­nity gathers in sup­port of Brook­side teen

Show­ing sup­port for young shoot­ing vic­tim

The Southern Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - COLIN FAR­RELL

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.”

COLIN FAR­RELL/ TC ME­DIA

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.

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