Vigil held in Perryman for Harford shooting victims
PERRYMAN, Md. (WBFF) - There was a generous show of support in Aberdeen Friday night for the victims of the mass shooting at the Rite Aid Distribution Center.
Faith and community leaders gathered on the front lawn of the Cranberry United Methodist Church for a vigil.
The community gathered for fellowship and reflection.
“I believe that what they say, what doesn’t kill you make you stronger. I believe that somehow it’s [the tragedy] going to make our community stronger,“ said Melvin Taylor, a minister and member of the Aberdeen City Council.
As nightfall came, the candles were lit and the names read for each victim killed in the shooting: Sunday Aguda, 45-year-old male from Baltimore County; Brindra Giri, 41-year-old female from Baltimore County; and Hayleen Reyes, 21-year-old female from Baltimore City.
Jessica Spore, a three-year Rite Aid employee, was at the vigil. She was at work that day when gunfire erupted.
“I was actually on break when they started running into the building, screaming that there was a shooter. But they just kind of pushed us to the back, to get us out of the front of the main part of the building,“ said Spore.
At the vigil, there were more words of comfort and hope and a plea to remember prayer.
“Please continue to pray and support the families and help them in any way you can, who were involved in this - not just the ones who lost their lives but also the ones who were injured. And the people who were there, because everyone who was there was injured in someway that day,“ said Major Bill Davis of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office.