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4/18/07-Marshall

ETBU Students Hold Service For VTech Students

Prayers were sent the students of Virginia Tech from those here in East Texas.   Wednesday morning, students at the East Texas Baptist University in Marshall attended a memorial service as a tribute to the victims.

 Hundreds of students, faculty and staff sat silently, some with their heads down, others with just a stare straight ahead, listening to the music played by the University's symphonic band and without a doubt, replaying in their minds the tragedy at Virginia Tech. 

"Listening to the music and thinking about everything that's happened, it's really touched my heart and made me a little bit sad I mean I really do, I really feel sorry for all those families at Virginia Tech," says Hannah Rigg, an ETBU freshman.

As college students themselves, many of them wanting to help, but not knowing how.

"I just kind of got down on my knees and just prayed and did what I could to you know do my part," says Brandon Johnson, an ETBU freshman.

And they all prayed during a moment of silence.

"I think a moment like today makes them realize how precious life is and how fragile it is. It's just unspeakable this tragedy, there's just no way to try to encapsulate it in one sentence or one thought, we just wanted to tell them we love you, we want to stand by you in prayer," says Allan Thompson, Director of Chapel Services at ETBU.

Afterward, students came to the front and signed letters, each with a special message to their fellow students nearly a thousand miles away.   

"God bless you guys and the Lord is with you and we're all praying for you," Johnson adds.

 Tracy Watler/Reporting: tracy@kltv.com

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