Lynchburg churches hold prayer services, vigils in wake of deadly shooting

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Churches in Lynchburg are helping the community heal after two E.C. Glass students were shot. One of them has died, and the other is in the hospital with serious injuries. 

One of the churches helping is Higher Heights Cathedral, which held an emergency prayer service Friday evening after hearing news of the shooting. 

“It’s hard because they were good people,” said Shad’a Flannagan. 

She went to E.C. glass and knew both of the students who were shot. She was especially close to the teen in critical condition. She calls him J.B. and says he’s like a brother to her.

“If whenever I wasn’t smiling he would ask me, ‘who do we have to fight? is there a problem’ And then he made you laugh,” said Flannagan.

She says her heart goes out to the family of Dre’yon Browley, who police say died from his injuries.

“I feel for him and his family because they were so close to graduating.”

So she came with her grandmother Esther Scott to the emergency prayer service Friday night.

“This is something we do regularly anyway, but because this was an emergency prayer and this is an emergency situation I felt like we needed to be here tonight,” said Scott.

The church is across the street from the school.

“We are right here in the heart of the community, and we want to reach those who need God,”  said the church’s Youth Pastor Angela Davis.

Davis and other church leaders say when they heard the news they had to jump into action.

“And so if we just reach one, we feel like we’re doing the work of the lord. However, obviously the goal is to reach as many as possible,” said Davis.

Another will be held in honor of the shooting victims. The group One Community, One Voice will hold their event on Sunday at E.C. Glass.

“Asking the community to come out and share cause there are a lot of people grieving and hurting, and shocked and amazed. There’s a lot of words you could put towards that,” said Pastor James Camm.

The group One Community, One Voice has a program called ENOUGH, where they visit neighborhoods and try to teach people how to rid them of undesirable behaviors. They were originally going to canvas the neighborhood where the shooting happened later in the summer, but now, they’re going there next week.

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