Community Members Host Prayer Vigil for Wichita Falls Youth

Community Members Host Prayer Vigil for Wichita Falls Youth

There was a prayer vigil on Sunday for the youth of Wichita Falls, after two recent car crashes that took the life of two local teens.
Many in Wichita Falls are calling July a month of tragedy with the death of 19-year-old Mark Sanders and 18-year-old Lakarl Williams.

So on Sunday, the community hosted a divine intervention prayer vigil to help heal a very open wound.

Prayer vigil organizers say the month of July has been a tough one for the Wichita Falls community.

They say it started earlier this month when 19-year old Mark Sanders lost control of his vehicle at Kell West and Austin street and was killed.

Then almost week later, and a week ago from today, a car crash on Kell West freeway took the life of 18-year-old Lakarl Williams, when he and other Wichita Falls teens were ejected from their vehicle.

Organizers say the goal of Sunday's divine intervention prayer vigil is to help the youth of Wichita Falls get through this tough time and stay strong.

"I just want the community to hold on, it's gonna get better," Pray Vigil Organizer Chrystal Washington says.  

Just a week ago a car crash on Kell West freeway took the life of 18-year-old Lakarl Williams, when he and others Wichita Falls teens were ejected from their vehicle.

A week before that 19-year old Mark Sanders lost control of his vehicle at Kell West and Austin Street and was killed.

"It hits home when they're very young and these are two very young lives that were taken away, so we wanted to kind of bring the community together," prayer vigil organizer Jaime Gavilanes says.  

Pastors and prayer vigil organizers spoke on Sunday as they encouraged Wichita Falls teens to remember that this too shall pass.

"Just kind of give an opportunity for us to love on one another and give a big positive outlook. School is getting ready to start so we just want the kids to go with their heads up," Gavilanes says. 

And as they mourn this loss, students say as they go back to school they will go with their heads up high as they remember the lives of two of their classmates and friends.

That's what Old High student Jordan Reece says he will be doing as he remembers Lakarl Williams.

"I know he's smiling down on us right now for doing all of this for him," Reece says.  

There were dozens of classmates and friends of the crash victims that showed up to the divine intervention prayer vigil.

Organizer's say they are pleased with the turnout, as they hope the vigil encouraged the Wichita Falls community and the city's youth after a tough couple of weeks.

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