Texas: The community of Missouri City came together and held a Candlelight Vigil at the steps of City Hall Plaza due to the recent shooting that occurred in Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. The Fort Bend Pastors Association which has been around for over 19 years hosted the vigil at the City Hall plaza.
During the opening of the vigil, the City’s Police Chief Mike Berezin led the community by saying the Pledge of Allegiance. Leigha Gabrielle, the 17 year old recording artist and a senior at Missouri City’s Lawrence E. Elkins High School sang the National Anthem.
The Fort Bend Pastors Association invited the Mayor of Missouri City, Robin J. Elackatt to give the opening remarks.
During the opening remarks Mayor Elackatt asked everyone in attendance to keep all the departed souls, their family members of Robb Elementary School, in thoughts and prayers. Mayor Elackatt continued, “The City of Missouri City and this community stand together grieving for the victims of this senseless crime and for the community of Uvalde, Texas.” He said, “Tonight is not about politics or party affiliations, it’s about all of us coming together to pray for these 19 babies and 2 educators and their families.”
Mayor thanked all the Pastors Association for taking the lead to organize the community vigil and appreciated all the pastors along with all the interfaith religious leaders for praying over the community. Mayor Elackatt introduced all the elected officials that were in attendance and said, “We stand together in unity with our elected officials from all levels of government.”
The community vigil was well attended and display the photographs of all victims on the steps of the plaza with candles lit.