WESTMORELAND, Tenn. (WKRN) — Through song and prayer, more than a hundred people with heavy hearts came together Thursday night to honor the seven lives lost in last weekend’s mass murder.
“It’s just been a terrible shock and a terrible tragedy,” said Vice Mayor Fredia Carter.
“I’ve lived here 21 years and I’ve never experienced anything, never heard of a murder,” said resident Lisa Trivett. “So for something this tragic, it’s put a toll on all of us.”
Candles flickered outside Westmoreland Middle School where the youngest victim, 12-year-old Sapphire McGlothin-Pee, was a student.
“I remember the last time I talked to her was last Friday,” said Makayla Fisher, Sapphire’s classmate.
“When I first heard about it, I didn’t think it was true,” Fisher said. “I just sat in my room and cried.”
Pastors and community leaders say the mass murder has rocked the small community of Westmoreland in one of the most gruesome crimes they’ve ever seen.
Some even traveled from other communities to support friends and family in need.
“Even not knowing the families, I do have children that attend school here, one that was in the class with the young lady,” said Scottie Anderson who lives in Bethpage. “It’s just important to show them and the community the love that Christ demands of us.”
Murder suspect Michael Cummins remains hospitalized with a gunshot wound. He has not been formally charged yet.