Town unites in prayer after deadly explosion


by SHANNON MURRAY / KVUE News and photojournalist MICHAEL MOORE

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Posted on April 18, 2013 at 10:48 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 18 at 11:08 PM

WEST, Texas -- About a thousand people united at St. Mary's Catholic Church Thursday night. It was standing room only with overflow in the front lobby. The church was packed with people who were relying on one another for support.

Pews at St. Mary's Catholic Church in West were full Thursday night. In a time of tragedy, with many questions unanswered, the community says all they can do is pray.

"Every one of us is in shock, we don't know what to think. Our hearts go out to the families, to those who are missing, those who lost their lives, our firefighters and EMTs," said Father Ed Karasek.

Father Karesek says their hearts are broken but their spirit is not.

"West is known for partying, for having a good time, for West fest, for kolaches, for a lot of things. But we are known for supporting one another. Whenever the tough gets going the going gets tough," he said.

Karesek told the people they're feeling support around the world, and that they will make it through this tragedy together.

"Our world has West in it's hands," he said.

One of the chaplains told KVUE that the prayer vigil was organized on Facebook after a few people suggested it, and the word spread from there.

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