Candlelight vigil held for Central High shooting victim

Candlelight vigil held for Central High shooting victim

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At the home of Central High School shooting victim Ryan McDonald Thursday night, family and friends gathered to pay their respects with a candlelight vigil. At the home of Central High School shooting victim Ryan McDonald Thursday night, family and friends gathered to pay their respects with a candlelight vigil.

By SHELBY BAKER
6 News Reporter

LONSDALE (WATE) -- At the home of Central High School shooting victim Ryan McDonald Thursday night, family and friends gathered to pay their respects with a candlelight vigil.

"We are glad everyone came out to show their love and support. We all appreciate it. Like I say it's tragic. I can't believe this is happening," Anita Houston said.

Many of them wore shirts saying "rest in peace." The chain link fence was covered with flowers and signs.

For a brief moment, there was laughter, as McDonald's uncle thanked everyone for their support.

"Let me tell you right now, if he was here right now he would love this. He would be the center of attention, standing right here running that mouth," Roger McDonald said

Friends are having a hard time understanding how something so tragic could happen in the very place Ryan was encouraged to go.

"We kept telling him to go to school, stay in school and stay off the streets so it's crazy how this happened," Shakeita Crosby said.

Hundreds of people also attended a prayer vigil at Fountain City United Methodist Church. Pastors and counselors were on hand to pray and talk with students.

"I just wanted to come out and show my support. I still can't believe this happened at my school," Sarah Smith said.

There was also a banner for students to sign. It read, "Central High School, you are in our thoughts and prayers." It will be displayed at the school Friday.

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