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Community gathers in Palestine for prayer vigil in memory of Coach Michael Coyne

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Published: May. 26, 2022 at 11:32 PM CDT|Updated: May. 26, 2022 at 11:41 PM CDT

PALESTINE, Texas (KLTV) - Faculty, students and community members gathered Thursday evening at Palestine High School for a prayer vigil in memory of Coach Michael Coyne.

The coach died when his car was hit by a wrong-way driver as he was returning home from a Mavericks game on Sunday night.

This was an opportunity to bring healing to those grieving a deep loss.

“First of all to know that there are other people that are struggling that miss Coach Coyne, just like they do, and to find some comfort in that,” said Pastor Tony Watts of First Baptist Church in Palestine. “We need people when we are struggling. So it’s great to come together as a community. This is just a small representation of all the folks that he ministered to when he was working in Rusk, when he’s been here in Palestine.”

Visitation for Coach Coyne will be Friday at First Baptist in Palestine from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.

His funeral service will be Saturday at 10 a.m., followed by a private burial.

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