The news of Tony Procell's kidnapping and disappearance has shaken up the small community of Many. Friends and family of Procell gathered at Many high school Wednesday night to pray together, hoping for the best, but fearing the worst.
"It's been terrible, it's been bad, it really has," said Tony's uncles Troy and Jimmy Procell. They described how their nephew's kidnapping and disappearance has been emotional for their family.
"To me, I feel really sad for this family, I know them, I just can't imagine what they are going through right now," said Many resident Kenneth Cheatwood, who led the group of more than 30 family and friends in prayer. "We're a close-knit family in Many and we just hope for the best."
Many family members explained to KSLA News 12, not knowing whether Tony is okay is the worst part. Through tears, Tony's grandmother thanked those who came out to pray.
Krisi McLain is a high school friend of Tony's and saw him only a week ago. She is in disbelief he is missing, "My Tony? I was shocked, devastated," said McLain and adds she's hopeful the prayers will bring Tony safely home. "If I know Tony, he's going to come out fighting."
Members of the Procell family say Tony's father, Tony Procell Sr., is flying from Saudi Arabia to be with his family on Thursday. Family members too emotional to speak on camera ask for only one thing: prayers.