During times of tragedy, often times reflection and prayer are essential elements in the healing process. In Copley, those who knew and loved Autumn Johnson and Amelia Shambaugh got a chance to pray, sing, and share their memories of how they impacted their lives.
The shooting rampage that left nine shot and eight dead, including Johnson and Shambaugh shook the town and the church community that both young ladies were very active in.
The Crosspoint Alliance of Faith Church in Copley was where not only the church community, but the public was welcome to pray, meditate, and hear a message of healing and hope.
Bonnie List says that right now things may not make a lot of sense, to those that wonder why innocent people, especially two teenagers had to die.
"People feel grief, they feel vengance, they don't understand, but they're not really supposed to," she said. "God has has all the answers, and we may never know why this happened."
Senior Pastor Tim Feather said that it was important for his church community to open their doors and their hearts to allow people to pray for these special young girls and their families.
"Our whole community has been rocked by this, and this is the time that people turn to God and look to Him for peace and comfort," he said.
"This gave people an opportunity to say whatever was on their mind and on their heart."
Tears flowed and hugs were shared as the service went on as one of the speakers Dr. Donald Lichi of Emerge Ministries said that in such tough times, you can look to one Great Counselor, who can put some perspective on things.
"Jesus is the Great Counselor, and He can deliver you out of any situation, no matter how difficult," he explained.
Dinita Feather, the wife of the pastor said that the key to healing is forgiveness.
"The key to healing is forgiveness, for the shooter, forgiveness of the people involved who could have stopped it if at all possible,but prayer and forgiveness are always a huge part of healing."
For the friends and classmates of Autumn Johnson and Amelia Shambaugh, the service was especially moving.
Abby Woodward shared some of her fond memories of Autumn when she would come over and spend the night.
"We would just hang out, and chill, and laugh and share jokes," she said. "She was a great girl to hang out with."
The tragedy especially hit home for Woodward.
"This is the first time one of my close friends have died," she said. "Our whole class is devestated."
Krista Sesler recalled some of her good times with Amelia, drawing and coloring.
"She was always so artistic and funny," Sesler said, "She was one of my best friends."
The tragedy that left a close-knit town with a lot of unanswered questions, got some of those questions answered tonight, and began a healing process that will call for time, prayer and understanding.
"Their death is no reflection on their life," said Marty List.
"From this hopefully our community can become even closer and lookout for each other, because that's what God would want us to do."