Two days after a mass shooting in Cleveland claimed one life and critically injured three others, including a Liberty County sheriff’s deputy, a vigil was held Friday to pray for God’s healing and mercy for the three survivors.
Roughly 50 people – mostly law enforcement officers, firefighters and medics – gathered outside of Cleveland Historical Museum for the vigil, which was organized by Cleveland Ministerial Alliance.
With their hands locked, the attendees formed a circle that surrounded an inner circle where prayers were made by Cleveland Police Chief Darrel Broussard, Sheriff Bobby Rader, Cleveland Mayor Otis Cohn, City Chaplain Lance Blackwell, Cleveland ISD Police Chief Angela Allen, Rev. Carl Williamson with Calvary Baptist Church and Rev. Earl Faust with Cornerstone Church.
“The vigil was all about unity – unity with our first responders and the victims of the shooting,” said Blackwell.
The vigil was attended by representatives of seven different agencies – Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, Liberty County EMS, Cleveland Police Department, Cleveland Fire Department, Dayton Police Department, Cleveland ISD Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety; City Manager Kelly McDonald and City Councilwoman Carolyn McWaters. Smith Towing, which opened up its headquarters on SH 321 between Cleveland and Tarkington on Wednesday as a command post for law enforcement, also was represented by Jesse Burch.