PORTLAND, Ore. – Students, parents, and community members with stunned faces joined Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber at a Tuesday evening prayer vigil after a fatal school shooting. It took place at the Greater Portland Baptist Church, five miles away from the scene.
It was one of two that would bring the community together, putting a cap on a tragic day.
Students say they came for 14-year old Emilio Hoffman, who was killed in the Tuesday morning shooting at Reynolds High School.
Hours later, the community would come together once more.
Candles lit the tear covered faces of the young and old. Hundreds filled the field outside Walt Morey Middle School. In the black of night, songs would start spontaneously, but never loud enough to cover the sounds of a sobbing community.
Authorities say a teen gunman armed with a rifle shot and killed the 14-year-old student and injured a teacher before he likely killed himself at the high school east of Portland. Troutdale police Sgt. Carey Kaer says officers found the suspect dead in a school restroom and say he likely killed himself.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.