Prayer Vigil Begins Healing for Menasha Community

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MENASHA, Wis. (WFRV) – Forgiveness was something many spoke of to Local 5’s Cole Higgins who attended Thursday night’s prayer vigil.

She explains how the crowd drew comfort from their faith and from those outside of the faith community who participated in the healing event.

Friends of Sunday night’s shooting victims, and strangers, gathered in Fritse Park to begin the healing process as a community.

“I think this has affected everybody as a whole,” says Jeff Edwards.

Edwards says he is friends with the Stoffels and took the vigil as an opportunity to reflect and stay grounded in his faith, something said to be important to the family and victim Adam Bentdahl.

“Obviously we’re here to hold up the family and as friends and family and to continue in that, just the realization that we’re not here forever, we’re just passing through and there isn’t anyone that knew that more than those guys,” explains Edwards.

Many who didn’t know the victims came to show support and grieve.

“We’re here to support one another and love one another and draw comfort from being together,” says Menasha resident, Nan Gutierrez.

People drew comfort from the prayer offered at the vigil. But, also from the fact that people who wouldn’t normally attend a faith-based event came out to support the victims and the Menasha community.

“There’s unity here that’s beyond the church walls,” says Chris Hanson, who attended the vigil.

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