The governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, along with other elected officials and community leaders joined a prayer vigil for the victims of the mass shooting that took place on May 6 at the Allen Premium Outlets mall. The community vigil was conducted at the Cottonwood Creek Church in Allen, Texas. The shooting led to the death of eight people, includingghts three children, while seven others were injured. The gunman was later shot by the police.
Church Leaders reports:
Hundreds gathered Sunday, May 7, at Cottonwood Creek Church in Allen, Texas, to pray for the victims and families of the mass shooting at the local Allen Premium Outlets mall on the afternoon of Saturday, May 6. The gunman was shot by police after he killed eight people and injured another seven. Many community leaders, including Governor Greg Abbott, joined the group to pray and to support one another.
“Tonight, I joined my fellow Texans in Allen for a community vigil for the innocent lives lost last night and those who are recovering from injuries,” said Abbott. “As this community heals, Texas will be with you every step of the way.”
The service was started by Executive Pastor Scott Sanford who read Romans 12:15. The service consisted of short talks from several pastors and staff members of the church, who read Scriptures, offered words of encouragement and guided those who have been affected by the horrific incident.
Executive Pastor Scott Sanford began the service by reading Romans 12:15 and the challenge to “mourn with those who mourn.” Sanford said, “Tonight, we’re here to do just that. We’re here to mourn together as a community and to pray together for God to comfort us.”
The service included short messages from several people—many pastors and staff of Cottonwood Creek Church—who spoke words of encouragement, read Scripture, and guided those gathered in prayer for the countless people distraught and impacted by the tragedy. More than 30 local representatives and government officials were recognized during the prayer time, including Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, Attorney General Ken Paxton, and State Senator Angela Paxton
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