Community Remembers Train Crash Victims, Survivors in Prayer Vigil

By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - As we wait for answers as to how this tragedy happened, the community is leaning on their faith to get through this hard time.

Another prayer vigil was held in downtown Midland on Saturday night and hundreds came out to remember the four heroes that were killed.

"We can always turn to Jesus when we're in a lot of pain and this is the perfect time," resident, Jaque Cain said.

Tears fell but prayers went up Saturday night in downtown Midland.

"When tragedy happens you just wanna be close to the people that you love and that love you," Midland Mayor, Wes Perry, said.

Hundreds of people from different walks of life gathered at Centennial Plaza, all reeling from Thursday's train accident.

"For something to be such a celebration and for it to end in such a tragic moment, it really affected me," resident, Tyrone McGruder said.

But on Saturday, they came together the best way they knew how: Through prayer.

"To support those that are hurting, you know, I'm also a veteran," Melvin Jackson, said.

The crowd remembered the four lives lost and prayed for the ones still suffering.

One of the victim's wives was also at the vigil and Church hymns filled the air.

Pastors offered words of hope to those grieving.

Mayor Wes Perry joined residents in praying not only for the victims, but for the truck driver and train operators.

"I just can't imagine being a human being and seeing something like that," Perry said. "Just the heartache and the things that they've experienced, I know they've just gotta be struggling."

Congressman Mike Conaway tells NewsWest 9, the truck driver was a veteran himself.

"One of his prouder moments was to be a part of the Show of Support and the wreck that happened with him driving is weighing heavily on his heart," Conaway said.

As the investigation into how this tragedy happened continues, the community is finding comfort in their faith and praying the families affected can do the same.

"Just keep trusting God," Jackson said.

"If God brought you to it, he'll see you through it," McGruder said.

"They are just true heroes," Cain said. "Only God knows why and God will heal our hearts in the next few weeks."