A slain East Texas nurse and four others who were stabbed in a hospital rampage on November 26 at Good Shepherd Medical Center are being honored Monday night at a candlelight vigil in Longview.
People lined up in the hours before the vigil's planned start at 6 p.m., taking time out of their evenings to be a part of a special night. Many in the community are still hurting after the loss of nurse, family member and Sunday school teacher Gail Sandidge, and the stabbings of the four victims who survived: Karen Bobo, Teresa Allison, Harris Teel and Melissa Sims.
Gail Sandidge's mother said that Gail wasn't just her daughter, but a friend, and her family's rock.
"I can't describe her," says Gail's mother Kay Stewart, "there will never be another one. I can't brag enough on her. To me, she was so wonderful. A good Christian person...that was the main thing. I know where she's at and I will see her someday."
Today Kay showed us a letter she found stashed away. It's from Gail. She was thanking her mother for raising her into the woman she had become.
"It was on her birthday that she gave it to me," Kay said.
Kay says her daughter was a strong woman, putting herself through school at Baylor, raising her two children with her husband, and fighting through breast cancer."
"When she had cancer, if I would have had to give her up then it would not have been as hard as having to give her up on something like this," Kay says.
On Kay's mantel sits a collection of angel figurines that Gail and her daughters have given to her over the years. In the middle are photos from a patient's family. They're the last photos ever taken of Gail, captured the morning she was killed.
"She wouldn't have considered herself a hero, but she's my hero. She's a lot of people's hero," Kay says.
A hero to patients at Good Shepherd Medical Center, her co-workers, her family, and especially her mom.
"Not only was she a loving daughter, but she was my nurse. She was my rock...the rock of the whole family, really, and she was just one of a kind."
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